Robbery for poker nets man five years in prison

Jeffrey Palacious Cabrera was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with five years suspended, in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) for robbing a woman and using the stolen money to play poker.

According to the Saipan Tribune, Cabrera robbed a woman who was walking alone at night, snatching her purse and having to fight with her to take it.

The woman had $300 in her purse, which Cabrera admits to taking to two different locations to use to play poker. The victim is the one who spotted him at the second poker arcade and called the police.

Once Cabrera was in custody, he led police to where he had dumped the other items from the victim's purse.

Cabrera will begin serving his sentence Feb. 24 at 8 a.m. After he serves his prison term he will also be on probation for five more years, during which he is prohibited from consuming alcohol.

He will also have to pay $50 in restitution, a $100 court assessment fee and a $100 annual probation fee.

Editor's Note: CNMI is located in the South Pacific Ocean about three-quarters the way from Hawaii to the Philippines. An island territory, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands is joined in a political union with the United States and retains an independent government and constitution. The territory consists of 14 different islands, of which Saipan, Rota, and Tinian are the largest. As of July, 2005, its population was counted at 80,362.

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