Governor Calvo sends Micronesian convicts home

Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has commuted the sentence of three men, triggering their deportation in his continued effort ensure the safety of all Guam residents.

U.S. immigration officials identified Jowakim Kintin, Erty Eidaro, and Jesvy Saimon as having committed deportable crimes. Their files were flagged with a federal detainer. Police notified the victims, who noted their support of the deportation of the four men.

Jowakim Kintin was convicted of two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was ordered to serve 10 years in prison with three years suspended and with credit for time served.

Erty Eidaro was convicted by the Superior Court of Guam with terrorizing, as a third-degree felony, according to his June 2017 judgment. He was ordered to serve three years in prison with all but three months suspended and with credit for time served.

Jesvy Saimon, also known as Joavi Saimon, was convicted by the Superior Court of Guam on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct, as a second-degree felony, and was ordered to serve three years in prison with credit for time served.

Following the Governor’s commutation, the three will be turned over to the federal government for deportation as part of the Governor’s initiative to keep residents of Guam safe. This brings the total number of criminals whose sentences the Governor commuted for either removal or deportation to 31.

With their commuted sentence, the Department of Corrections is transferring them from the local prison into the custody of federal officials, which also means the federal government will take over the cost of their detention and subsequent procedures that are part of the deportation process. It costs about $119 a day or more than $43,000 a year to house each individual at the Department of Corrections.

“This partnership with the federal officials is helping us to ensure the safety of all Guamanians,” Governor Calvo said. “We must take whatever steps are available to us to protect our residents. I want to thank the Guam Police Department, the Office of the Attorney General, the Judiciary and our federal partners for working together to improve public safety.”

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