CASE AGAINST MERLIN ULI DISMISSED
The government has moved to dismiss the criminal case against Merlin Uli, one of the Uli twins who was charged with escaped while on work release on several occasions. Merlin is currently serving ten years in jail with his twin brother Marlon following their conviction on two counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
The defendant was charged with four counts of escaping while on program release. His brother Marlon Uli's case was acquitted last month during a jury trial. Merlin's case was scheduled to go before a jury trial however Assistant Attorney General Tony Graf filed a motion to dismiss the case.
The dismissal motion was granted by Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond.
Graf told Samoa News that after conducting further investigation into this matter he found that the evidence does not support the criminal charges filed against Merlin.
He noted the work release contract for Merlin was incomplete. According to the government’s case, a police detective was assigned to investigate allegations that Merlin, who’s out on work release, was leaving his work place.
MAN IN ASSAULT CASE PLACED ON PROBATION
Aukusitino Fanene of Pago Pago, who pled guilty to third degree assault, has been placed on probation for one year, during his sentencing last week. Fanene was initially charged with second degree assault, however he took the plea offer by the government and pled guilty to a lesser charge of third degree assault.
This incident is in connection with an assault that occurred at his residence last year. The defendant initially intended to fight his case with a jury trial.
During sentencing, he apologized for his actions and pleaded with the court for another chance.
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond sentenced the defendant to one year in prison, however execution of sentencing was suspended on condition that he's placed on probation for one year. The defendant was released from police custody last Friday following his sentencing.
According to the government’s case, it was reported to the police that an assault incident occurred on Nov. 17, 2012 in Pago Pago. A witness told police that he observed the defendant strike the victim eight times with a folding chair on the head and body.
MAN PLEADS GUILTY FOR ASSAULTING GIRLFRIEND, SIGNS PLEA DEAL
A man accused of assaulting his girlfriend in a nightclub parking lot has entered into a plea agreement and is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Ernie Tao was charged with second degree assault, however with the plea deal the defendant pled guilty to third degree assault, a lesser charge amended from the felony.
Associate Justice Lyle L Richmond accepted the plea agreement. The 23-year-old of Faleniu was released from jail last week Friday on his own recognizance, pending sentencing. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Mike White, while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Julie Pasquale.
According to the government’s case, police received a call from a security guard at the Bowling Alley regarding an assault in the parking lot several months ago. The defendant admitted he had punched and kicked his girlfriend on the back and on the head.
FAGAIMA MAN CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR STEALING
A man accused of stealing canned food denied the stealing charge against him when he made his initial appearance in the District Court last week Friday. Isara Tonise of Fagaima spent the night in jail.
According to the government's case, Tonise went to TSM Mart, picked up four canned goods, put them inside a plastic bag and then asked an employee to watch his shopping, and he'll return for it. Court filings say that after several hours the defendant came back to the store and picked up his shopping and went home. Employees were suspicious, and when they played back video surveillance, found the defendant did not pay for his shopping.
The government claims the value of the stolen items was $83.30, and allegedly Tonise took them home. The items have since been returned to police.
Tonise is represented by the Public Defender's office while prosecuting for the government is Assistant Attorney General Lornalei Meredith Fanene.
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