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By Mark-Alexander Pieper

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 28) – A woman, one of the five Chinese nationals arrested on charges of trying to sneak into Guam in August, was sentenced to serve almost four months in a U.S. federal prison, if she isn't deported.

U.S. District Court Judge Joaquin Manibusan yesterday sentenced Chinese national Liu Mei Liu, 41, to serve 112 days in prison followed by a year of supervised release and 100 hours of community service, said Rose Clark of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Liu in September pleaded guilty to attempting to illegally enter the United States through Guam, when she along with four others allegedly rode to Guam from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on a 22-foot motorboat that landed on a beach near the Guam National Wildlife Refuge at Ritidian Point in Yigo.

She was arrested with Ming Chen, with whom she was found, and Xiao Feng Lin, Xian Mei Yu, and Su Hua Yin - who were also on the boat. Chen, 28, pleaded guilty to concealment of facts of re-entry and is scheduled for sentencing February 7, according to District Court documents.

Yu, 28, and Yin, 29, also pleaded guilty to concealment of facts of re-entry and are scheduled for sentencing January 18 and February 6, respectively.

Lin, 33, was found guilty by a District Court jury of 12 counts of alien smuggling, which he was charged with in October. He faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and is scheduled for sentencing February 16. The Chinese nationals are being held at the Department of Corrections.

During the late 1990s, the island had an inundation of illegal immigrants from China - with more than 1,000 detained in 1999 alone. The Department of Corrections had to erect a tent city to house all the immigrants, according to Pacific Daily News files.

Information on how many illegal aliens have been detained on Guam this year was not immediately available as of press time.

December 28, 2005

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