Vicente Norita and John Teregeyo parole applications granted, Shawn Appleby parole revoked

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THE CNMI Board of Parole on Thursday granted the parole applications of Vincent San Nicolas Norita and John P. Teregeyo; on Friday, it revoked the parole of Shawn C. Appleby.

THE CNMI Board of Parole on Thursday granted the parole applications of Vincent San Nicolas Norita and John P. Teregeyo; on Friday, it revoked the parole of Shawn C. Appleby.

The parole applications of John Hamilton, Demson Sachuo and Ronnie San Nicolas were denied.

Parole Board legal counsel Leslie Healer on Friday said the announcement regarding the parole applications was delayed because the applicants had to be notified first.

Healer said the release dates for Norita and Teregeyo will be determined by the board once it verifies their sentences.

Norita pleaded guilty to 18 traffic offenses that included speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding a police officer, theft of vehicle, and tampering with a vehicle. On Dec. 9, 2016, he was involved in a high-speed chase that ended with his car hitting an embankment and overturning in Koblerville. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment in May 2017.

Teregeyo pleaded guilty to arson and assault and battery, and was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment, five years of which was suspended. Police said Teregeyo  attempted to kill his then-girlfriend by dousing her, her clothes, their bed, and their bedroom with gasoline and pushing her inside the bedroom to prevent her from fleeing, as he set the room on fire.

John Hamilton was convicted of burglary and was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with two years suspended.  Ronnie San Nicolas was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with four years suspended, for “ice” trafficking. Demson Sachuo is serving a two-year unsuspended sentence for burglary.

The Parole Board members who deliberated on the parole applications were Chairman Ramon B. Camacho, Ignacio Mendiola, Jose C. Camacho, Vicente Borja of Rota and Michael M. San Nicolas of Tinian.

The Office of the Attorney General asked the board to deny all five parole applications.


Parole revoked

 

Shawn C. Appleby, right, with Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues at the Board of Parole revocation hearing, Friday, at the multi-purpose center. Photo by Bryan Manabat

 

On Friday, after hearing the testimonies of witnesses, police officers and parole officers, the Parole Board unanimously voted to revoke the parole of Shawn C. Appleby for committing new crimes and violating the conditions of his parole.

At the hearing, Appleby was represented by Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues.

Appleby served about 24 years of his 40-year sentence for killing Byung Ok Suh in Nov. 1996 after robbing the victim’s store in San Antonio. In 1999 and 2007, Appleby was convicted of escape, adding two more years to his 40-year sentence.

In Sept. 2019, despite the Office of the AG’s opposition, Appleby’s parole application was granted.  He was also granted parole in Feb. 2011, but it was revoked in Dec. 2012 after he violated its conditions.

On March 24, 2020, Appleby was arrested for domestic violence and disturbing the peace at his residence in Dandan. The victim was identified as Larrad Ramangmou, another parolee.

At the revocation hearing  on Friday, it was disclosed that Appleby and Ramangmou had a romantic relationship and that on the night of the incident the two had an argument that ended in a physical altercation. A witness said he saw Appleby chasing Ramangmou and pushing her, causing her to fall.

According to Appleby, his relationship with Ramangmou was common knowledge among the parole officers.

Asked whether the decision of the Parole Board on Appleby’s parole revocation was final, board legal counsel Leslie Healer said the decision can be appealed by filing a petition for habeas corpus in court.

Denied

 

Three hours before Appleby’s parole revocation hearing, the Superior Court denied his request to stop the proceedings set for Friday, 9 a.m., at the multi-purpose center.

The revocation hearing proceeded as scheduled.

Appleby, through Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues, filed an amended motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in court alleging due process violations.

Appleby named Department of Corrections Commissioner Wally Villagomez and CNMI Board of Parole Chairman Ramon B. Camacho as defendants.

Appleby also filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus “to determine the true reason for his detention.”

In denying Appleby’s petition on Friday, Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja said the “proper notice through service was not given to the Board of Parole.”  The court did not address the issue of whether there were due process violations as alleged by Appleby.

 

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