Jurors find overstaying alien guilty of lying to CBP

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AFTER deliberating for more than an hour on Monday, 12 jurors found 20-year-old Xinzhou Ren guilty of lying to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to gain entry to the CNMI.

Xinzhou Ren

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V, Manglona polled each juror and asked whether they rendered the guilty verdict independently. Each juror affirmatively stated that they found Ren guilty of making false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation to CBP.

Judge Manglona said the pretrial release conditions for Ren will be maintained. The U.S. government did not object.

Ren will be sentenced on June 4, 2020 at 9 a.m., and the final presentence investigation report is due on May 20, 2020, the judge added.

According to the indictment, Ren, upon entry to the CNMI on May 4, 2018, made a false representation to CBP.

Ren was granted CNMI-only conditional parole by CBP until May 15, 2018 only, but he had overstayed that date.

His trial began on Feb. 6, 2020. Ren was represented by attorneys Robert T. Torres and Vince Seman with Mike Yang as the defendant’s interpreter.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe, who appeared for the federal government, called three CBP officials and Homeland Security Investigations special agent Nicole Sively to the witness stand.

Ren’s attorneys, for their part, called two local Customs officers to testify for the defense.

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