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  • Pacific Island Times Staff

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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