Fifth Compact Migrant Convicted Of Crime In Guam Deported

Man flown back to Chuuk; ordered not to return to Guam

By Jasmine Stole

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, August 17, 2016) – A fifth convicted regional migrant had his prison sentence commuted by Gov. Eddie Calvo and was flown back to his home island in Chuuk State, with orders not to return to Guam.

Calvo, who has been critical of the federal government’s failure to deport migrants who commit crimes, has used executive orders to instead remove migrant convicts by commuting their sentences and sending them back to their home country.

Denek Eugichi, also known as Ervin Otokichi, Denek Eugychy and Ervin Otokichy, returned to Chuuk on Wednesday, according to Oyaol Ngirairikl, director of communications for the governor. Eugichi, like the four other men whose sentences Calvo commuted, volunteered to have his sentenced shortened in exchange for a promise to leave Guam forever.

Eugichi entered a guilty plea to robbery in 2013 and was sentenced to 8 years in prison, with five years suspended and credit for time served, according to the governor’s office. He also had two previous cases in which he was charged for assault, aggravated assault and family violence, the statement said.

The victim in Eugichi’s case was notified and $500 restitution he owed was also paid, according to Ngirairikl.

He is permanently barred from re-entering Guam or transiting through Guam, according to the governor’s executive order.

Additionally, Eugichi’s name, aliases and photo was sent to relevant local agencies, federal stakeholders and airlines as someone who is not allowed to return to Guam, a statement from Adelup said.

Guam does not control immigration, which is why the local government needs federal cooperation to enforce the removals.

Eugichi’s name was added to a “Do Not Enter,” list with the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency and Guam Airport Police, according to Adelup’s statement.

Ngirairikl said Eugichi was escorted by a Guam Police Department officer, and the officer on Wednesday still was in Chuuk, waiting to board a return flight to Guam.

The governor is calling on the federal government to “live up to their responsibility of ensuring immigrants comply to the requirements of their stay in Guam” and remove immigrants who do not follow laws of the island and the U.S., a statement from the governor’s office said.

Federal treaties called Compacts of Free Association allow citizens of regional island nations to live and work in Guam and elsewhere in the United States. Like other non-citizens, they can be deported if they commit crimes. All five men removed by Calvo were sent back to Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia, which has a treaty with the United States.

Other convicted non-U.S. citizens serving time in DOC have also volunteered to have their sentences commuted, according to Ngirairikl. As of Wednesday afternoon, she could not provide a number of how many prisoners have volunteered.

Not all who volunteer will be granted a commutation, Ngirairikl said. The administration is considering commutations on a case-by-case basis and considering how much time prisoners have left to serve and if they have paid their debt to society, she said.

According to the governor’s executive order, if Eugichi returns to Guam or transits through Guam, his commutation is revoked and void and he is to be placed back into custody of law enforcement.

The last man to be sent to his home island was Reid Albert, who was sentenced in 2014 to six years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of burglary as a second-degree felony and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct as a misdemeanor.

Ninton Hauk was the first migrant convict removed, on July 14, followed by John-John Wia, on July 25, and Jason Lasurus, on July 28.

The cumulative cost for plane tickets for Albert, Lasurus, Wia, Hauk and the officers who escorted them was $4,091.57, according to Ngirairikl.

The money to fly Eugichi and the four other criminals is taken from the Department of Corrections budget, Ngirairikl has said.

The governor’s office is also looking to be reimbursed for the costs related to these commutations, Ngirairikl said in an email. She said the local government plans to include the costs in the next annual Compact Impact Report submitted to the Department of Interior.

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