01 Mar 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
GORDON Odoshi Seman, a former Department of Public Safety officer who burglarized two restaurants in western Garapan in 2016, will serve a prison term.
Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced the 36-year-old Seman to a total of 10 years imprisonment, but all suspended except for four years. He was also given credit for time served.
He will be placed immediately on probation for five years after serving his sentence. He will also pay $2,083 in restitution to Kyung Ran Seo and $4,462 in restitution to Seiji and Yoshiko Sato.
He will write a letter of apology to the victims, and pay a $100 fine, compete 80 hours of community service and attend anti-drug counseling.
On May 9, 2017 Seman pleaded guilty to committing burglary and theft as part of a global plea deal.
Assistant Public Defender Heather M. Zona, Seaman’s counsel, recommended a sentence of one year, two months and six days in prison with credit for one year, two months and six days of time already served. “Seman is not a career criminal and has only made some poor choices,” Zona said.
Assistant Attorney General Heather Barcinas recommended a sentence of six years imprisonment, saying that Seman’s actions showed a complete disregard for the laws of the CNMI. Seman broke into not one but two business establishments, she added.
Seman burglarized Coco’s Restaurant on Dec. 7, 2016, and stole $2,083 worth of liquor, food, cash, and a camera with accessories. A week later, Seman burglarized Avenue Restaurant and stole $4,462 worth of liquor, a computer, clothing, jewelry and a couple of brand-name purses.
Judge Kim Tenorio’s sentencing order noted Seman’s criminal conviction in 2011 for beating up his wife. At that time he was a rookie police officer.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/102592-gordon-seman-gets-4-years-for-burglary-theft