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Russel Solomon sentenced to probation for taking endangered sea turtle

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RUSSEL Rekemel Solomon has been sentenced by the federal court to 24-month probation after admitting that he took an endangered sea turtle.

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona on Thursday ordered Solomon to pay a special assessment fee in the amount of $25, which will be paid immediately after sentencing.

Judge Manglona also ordered Solomon to pay his daughter $1,000 within 24 months.

“The defendant is to have his daughter sign off as a receipt that payment was made,” the judge said.

Court documents did not say why Solomon has to pay his daughter $1,000.

Solomon and his co-defendant Jose Machutaro Ichiro Sablan were charged by the U.S. government with conspiracy to unlawfully take an endangered species.

According to the charging information, Solomon and Sablan, on June 7, 2020 conspired and agreed to unlawfully take a green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas), which is listed as endangered.

Solomon and Sablan also dragged the green sea turtle by a rope tied around its shell across Tank Beach in Kagman village.  

The charge included a notice of forfeiture to the U.S. government of the materials used for taking or selling of the endangered species. The notice listed two cell phones.

At the sentencing, Solomon was represented by his court-appointed defense counsel David Banes while Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe appeared for the federal government.

Court-appointed attorney Steven Pixley  represented Sablan.

 

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