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Man remains in custody after failure to comply with probation conditions

American Samoa District Court building

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 24-year-old man who is on probation was sentenced by the District Court to 134 days at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF), after being convicted of resisting arrest, a class A misdemeanor.

According to court records, Methodist Kuka put up a struggle when officers were trying to handcuff him.

Kuka appeared in court last week for sentencing. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Anna Wells while prosecuting the case was Assistant Attorney General Jason Mitchell.

When given the chance to address the court, Kuka apologized for his actions and asked for a second chance to return home and care for his elderly mother. He said he’s truly remorseful and he will not appear in court again for any crime.

Wells and Mitchell both recommended probation, under the condition that he is sentenced to time served, which is 134 days.

Sunia accepted the recommendation.

Kuka is still in custody however, pursuant to an OSC (Order to Show Cause) from the High Court, for failure to comply with conditions of his 5-year probation, which was handed down earlier this year after he was convicted of unlawful possession of methamphetamine.