16 May 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
SIDNEY Capelle Kani, 37, has pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, and manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine on premises where a child resides.
At a change-of-plea hearing on Tuesday, Kani appeared in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service in full restraint. He was represented by his court-appointed counsel, Colin Thompson, while Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Benedetto appeared for the federal government.
District Court for NMI Chief Judge Ramona Manglona accepted Kani’s plea agreement after he told the court in his own words about his involvement in the case.
“I was involved with people that sold and manufactured methamphetamine,” he said as he named the other defendants: Rick Urumelog Omar Jr., Vincent David Cabrera Jr. and Eugene Blas Repeki Jr.
The judge then found Kani guilty of the charges and set a sentencing hearing for Aug. 24, 2018 at 9 a.m.
Kani was the second of four defendants indicted for manufacturing methamphetamine using the “shake and bake” method.
On May 4, Rick Urumelog Omar Jr. pled guilty to conspiring to manufacture methamphetamine.
As for Cabrera and Repeki, their trials will proceed, the judge said.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/104450-sidney-kani-pleads-guilty-in-ice-case