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Man from Samoa who assaulted his uncle and damaged car pleads out

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man from Samoa accused of assaulting his 55-year-old uncle with a metal pipe, and then damaging the elderly man's vehicle has entered into a plea agreement with the government.

Tautua Alesana, 25, was initially charged with second degree assault and first degree property damage, both class D felonies; and third degree assault, a misdemeanor. But under a plea agreement, Alesana pled guilty to second degree assault. The remaining charges were dismissed.

Alesana admits that on May 24, 2019 in Leone, he assaulted his uncle by striking the back of his head, his facial area, and shoulder with a metal pipe multiple times, causing severe injuries to the elderly man.

Alesana further admits that on the same date, he damaged his uncle’s vehicle by striking the windshield and driver’s door with a metal pipe.

The government is recommending probation for 5 years with the condition that Alesana depart the territory immediately. Alesana has been in custody since his arrest last year, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond. He will be sentenced Feb. 20th.