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Plea Agreement

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The court has accepted the plea agreement between the government and Joshua Valoaga, who is accused of stabbing a man with a knife during a drinking session earlier last year. Valoaga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $20,000 cash bond appeared...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Two men who were arrested and charged for violating local drug laws entered into a plea agreement with the government. Sailo Salote, 22 and Solo Ilalio, 24, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Both were represented by Assistant Public Defender Rob...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 24-year-old male from Samoa accused of stabbing someone in the neck multiple times over a year ago, has admitted to the accusation. Arborday Utulele appeared in court this past week for a Change of Plea hearing. Prosecuting the case is Assistant Attorney General Doug...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A  45-year-old man from Samoa was sentenced yesterday morning for sexually abusing his girlfriend’s 11-year-old daughter.  (To protect the identity of the victim, Samoa News is withholding the names of all parties involved. It should be noted that the court affidavit...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Associate Justice Fiti Sunia has advised Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill to hire an “Independent Translator” if the Public Defender’s Office continues to be short staffed — that is not have on staff people who can translate terms of plea agreement with their...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 25-year-old man, accused of breaking into several westside businesses, has reached a plea agreement with the government. The deal was announced during a Change of Plea hearing in High Court. Malaki Fautua has agreed to plead guilty to three felony counts of stealing....
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 29-year-old man accused of burglarizing a home and stealing several items has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Anesi Uati, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was represented...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man charged with conspiracy to commit stealing has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Ualesi Filipo, who is out on a $5,000 surety bond, was initially charged with conspiracy to commit stealing and first-degree burglary, both felonies. However, under a...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 52-year-old man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Faavae Alofatalitiga, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — James Taito was released from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) last Friday, after the court decided not to revoke his probation. Taito, who was held in custody without bail for 73 days since his arrest on Feb. 18, appeared in High Court last week for a...

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