KRUSE REJECTS PLEA DEAL BETWEEN ASG AND ANDREW PETER
Chief Justice Michael Kruse rejected the plea agreement between the government and Andrew Peter, who is accused of burglarizing a taxi that was parked in front of a store in Pago Pago, where he allegedly took off with an iPhone.
Peters is charged with burglary, stealing and fleeing from police. A plea offer from the government has it that the defendant would plead guilty to fleeing from police while the government moved to dismiss the remaining charges. However Chief Justice Michael Kruse denied the plea deal and scheduled a hearing on this matter later this week.
Peters is being held in custody on bail set at $30,000.
According to the government’s case, police received a call from the complaining witness that someone had stolen an iPhone from his taxi.
According to the government’s case police were in pursuit of the defendant when they came across two juveniles who told police that the defendant gave them the iPhone to return to the taxi driver, because the defendant did not want to go to jail since he was leaving soon for Hawai’i.
Assistant Public Defender Leslie Cardin represents the defendant while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Cable Poag.
CASE OF GRANDFATHER ACCUSED OF INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING CONTINUED
The government’s case against a 75-year old man who was accused of inappropriately touching his granddaughter was in High Court last week for a status on the pre-trial conference.
However Assistant Public Defender Michael White moved for the court to postpone this matter for another 30 days given that he just received the discovery report from the government the day before.
Deputy Mitzie Jessop confirmed with the court that what White said was correct, and noted they are continuing negotiations on this matter, with a resolution forthcoming.
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond granted the request and scheduled another pre-trial conference on August 28, 2012.
The grandfather is charged with one count of sodomy, deviate sexual act, sexual abuse in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child. According to the government’s case the grandfather inappropriately touched the victim on numerous occasions.
Samoa News is withholding the name of the defendant to protect the identity of the victim.
The defendant is held on bail of $30,000.