ALICIA A. G. LIMTIACO, United States Attorney for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, announced today that defendant Francisco S. Pangelinan was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands, to time served, followed by a three-year term of supervised release with conditions that he not possess a firearm and to perform 100 hours of community service. The defendant was ordered to serve an additional six (6) months ofhouse arrest on top of the eight (8) months house arrest he had already completed. Pangelinan' s sentence was the result of a Plea Agreement filed January 18, 2012, for Deprivation of Rights Under Color ofLaw. The conviction stemmed from a three-count indictment which charged Pangelinan with Deprivation of Rights Under Color ofLaw, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 242. On July 26,2010, then a police officer, Pangelinan, unlawfully sprayed Felipe Kalen with DPS issued, Oleoresin Capsicum. At sentencing, Pangelinan apologized for his behavior to Felipe Kalen and acknowledged that he exceeded the force needed to deal with an ongoing argument at that time. Felipe Kalen accepted this apology and stated in court that he forgave the defendant. Pangelinan is no longer employed by the CNMI Department of Public Safety.
The case was investigated by agents from the Federal Bureau of lnvestigation and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frederick A. Black.
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