GUAM FATAL SHOOTING BRINGS SUSPENDED SENTENCE

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By Gina Tabonares

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Sept. 5) – A woman who fatally shot her 14-year-old neighbor with a .22 caliber rifle got a one-year suspended prison sentence after changing her plea yesterday in the Superior Court of Guam.

Linda Rabon Torres, 54, of Yigo, will remain under house arrest after she admitted shooting A.C. Kaselen on April 17, 2006.

She has been under house arrest since April 2006.

She was charged with negligent homicide with a special allegation of a deadly weapon used in a felony. Kaselen died two hours after the shooting that happened at around 2 p.m.

Torres, who told investigators that she fired her .22 caliber rifle into the jungle area behind her home in an attempt to drive off wild pigs or dogs, admitted during a change plea hearing yesterday that she shot Kaselen.

Kaselen was then chasing his family’s dogs just 30 feet from Torres’ house.

According to Atty. Christopher Shea, after a morning of deliberation, Judge Steven Unpingco ordered her to pay a fine of $1,000, serve 300 hours of community service, and be placed on probation for three years.

Torres’s sentencing is set for Sept. 26. A restitution hearing to determine how much money she has to pay to indemnify the victim’s family is also set for the same day, according to the Attorney General’s Office

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