12 Jan 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE Superior Court on Wednesday sentenced a repeat offender to 20 years imprisonment for robbing a poker arcade.
Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed the maximum sentence on Marlon Martin Jr., saying it will be served day to day, without the possibility of probation, early release, work or weekend release or any other similar program.
Martin, 33, will only be eligible to apply for parole after serving the first 15 years of his 20-year sentence.
The judge noted that Martin’s prior criminal record includes burglary, robbery, aggravated assault and battery, conspiracy and traffic offenses.
In this latest case, Martin was originally charged with armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, and disturbing the peace.
At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Martin was represented by Assistant Public Defender Nancy Dominski while Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Wilberscheid appeared for the government.
The prosecution recommended a 20-year prison sentence while the defense suggested a prison sentence of time-served or deportation to Palau where Martin could serve his sentence.
Judge Camacho said Martin, as a repeat offender, is not a candidate for rehabilitation.
The judge said Martin was previously sentenced to seven years in prison without parole, “but even this lengthy sentence failed to rehabilitate him — if anything his criminal acts continued to escalate.”
The defendant requires a much longer sentence to insure that he fully understands his actions and is deterred from committing any future crimes, the judge said.
He added that Martin failed to learn from his prior cases, many of which were violent crimes.
The judge told Martin: “Your request to be released so you can go back to Palau is denied.”
But Martin was given credit for time served since his arrest on May 22, 2017 and no fine was imposed on him as he is indigent.
After the hearing, Martin was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections to immediately start serving his sentence.
Court documents state that, on May 22, 2017, Martin unlawfully took more than $2,000 cash from Viva Poker in Chalan Kanoa “from the control of a cashier by use or threatened use of immediate force or violence.”
He “unlawfully threatened to cause, attempted to cause, or purposely caused bodily injury to the Viva Poker cashier with a dangerous weapon, to wit: a hammer.”
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101451-repeat-offender-gets-20-years-for-poker-arcade-robbery