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Man pleads to multiple charges including assault, marijuana possession

American Samoa High Court building

A man from Tafeta with a long criminal history entered into a plea agreement with the government last week in High Court.

Alosio Filemoni, who is on probation, was initially charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, an unclassified felony, punishable by term of imprisonment of not less than 5 nor more than ten years, a fine of up to $20,000, or both; resisting arrest and second degree assault, both class D felonies; and three misdemeanors: two counts of third degree assault, and public peace disturbance.

Under a plea agreement with the government, Filemoni pled guilty to the amended charge of unlawful possession of marijuana and 2nd degree assault, both class D felonies, each punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

Filemoni admits that on Nov. 10, 2019 in Tafuna he assaulted a man by punching him in the face and striking his head with an empty beer bottle. According to terms of the plea agreement, on the day of the incident, police responded to a call from someone in the Tafuna area, regarding a disturbance.

When cops arrived, an unknown male who was later identified as Filemoni, yelled profanities at them and asked them to leave the area. Another man, later identified as the victim in this case, tried to stop Filemoni from fleeing the scene.

Filemoni turned around and punched him twice.

The victim fell and that’s when Filemoni grabbed an empty beer bottle and struck him on the head while he was lying unconscious on the ground. The victim sustained serious injuries to his head.

Before Filemoni was transported to the Tafuna Police Substation for questioning, he was patted down and during the body search, cops discovered one small stamp-sized baggie containing green leafy substance, which was later tested positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active compound in the controlled substance marijuana.

In 2016, the High Court placed Filemoni on probation for five years, following convictions for felony driving and resisting arrest.

Filemoni admits that his actions in this recent incident, violated conditions of his 2016 probation. Filemoni, who is still in custody unable to post a $5,000 cash bond, is scheduled for sentencing and a disposition hearing next month.