FSMer convicted of assaulting cop in 2016 going home

V.K. Katson will be going back to the Federated States of Micronesia after his three year sentence for attacking a Guam Police Department officer at Hemlani Apartments in 2016 was commuted by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. He stands convicted of aggravated assault and assault on a police officer as third-degree felonies and was originally scheduled to get out of jail next year.

It's not exactly a get-out-of-jail free card, since he's being transferred into the custody of the federal government for deportation.

In June 2016, two officers had responded to a disturbance complaint at Hemlani Apartments in Harmon. An officer trying to control the crowd was hit on the head with a chair and later identified Katson as his assailant. The 24-year-old was convicted of aggravated assault as a third-degree felony and sentenced to three years in prison. He was scheduled for release in March 2019. According to a news release from the governor's office in Adelup, this 45th commutation/deportation will save Guam the cost of providing food, shelter, medical care and other necessities of about $119 a day, or more than $43,000 a year. Once commuted, the federal government picks up the financial burden of the basic needs of individuals in its custody.


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