- Pacific Island Times Staff
Guam attempts to say adios to more convicted criminals
Adelup commutes sentences, triggering deportation of two FSM citizens
The administration of Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo has now used this process to ship out or schedule to ship out 65 convicted criminals who were serving prison terms on the island.
The latest to be set up for a return home:
• Xavier Jose: Convicted of two counts third-degree criminal sexual conduct as a second-degree felony, sentenced to eight years with credit for time served. He has served three years. • Palis Olter: Convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony, sentenced to ten years. He has served almost three years.
The victims of Jose and Olter were contacted and gave their approval of the commutation, according to an Adelup press release. That approval triggers the deportation process. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service identified Jose and Olter as having committed deportable crimes. Once deported these men will not be allowed back on Guam. Migrants are welcomed to Guam, the release said. "Most migrants follow the laws, work hard to gain their education, build homes and contribute to making this island a better place for all of us. However, there are people who disregard local or federal laws and are imprisoned. Migrants who are found guilty of breaking a law are subject to deportation." “When we started this program two years ago, we faced a lot of criticism. The bottom line is there are laws created to protect people and their homes and businesses, and breaking those laws bring consequences that include deportation for those who are not U.S. citizens,” Governor Calvo stated. With the Governor’s commutation, the two men will be transferred to the custody of the federal government until the time of their deportation. With today’s commutations the total number of criminals whose sentences the Governor has commuted for either removal or deportation is now 65.
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