The Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, through chief prosecutor Chester Hinds, “strongly opposes” approving the parole applications of five inmates, three of whom were convicted of murder.

Citing the seriousness of the offenses and the threat to the safety and welfare of the community, Hinds asked the parole board to deny the parole applications of Jesse James Camacho, Francisco Pua Aguon, Eric William Rabauliman, Clifford Jack Palacios, and Robert Kotep Shineachi.

Jesse James Camacho is serving a 45-year prison sentence for the death of a 13-year-old boy in Dandan in 1998. The victim was stabbed 37 times as part of initiation rites for membership in the so-called Red Rum Gang of which Camacho was the leader.

Francisco Aguon Pua was convicted of killing Mostofa Faruk Parves on May 22, 2002 and was sentenced to serve 50 years in jail. Parves was working as a cashier at Candi’s Poker at the time.

Eric William Rabauliman was sentenced to serve 26 years' imprisonment for murder in the first degree committed during a burglary and robbery.

Rabauliman and two other co-defendants were charged for the death of a security guard, Efren Lagua Ballesteros, at Marianas High School in 2008. The three defendants, who were all 16 years old that time, beat Ballesteros to death with a PVC pipe, an iron rebar and a 2x2 piece of wood on Nov. 18, 2008.

Robert Kotep Shineachi was sentenced to serve 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree while Clifford Jack Palacios was sentenced to five years' imprisonment all suspended except for three years for stealing $18,000 from a debit card.

On Wednesday, the Board of Parole heard the parole applications of Palacios, Rabauliman and Camacho.

Shineachi and Pua’s parole applications will be heard today, Thursday at 9 a.m.


Bryan Manabat studied criminal justice at Northern Marianas College. He covers the community, tourism, business, police and court beats.

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