1 Apr 2014

41 months jail for CNMI fruit bat smuggler

4:18 pm on 1 April 2014

A former senator in the Northern Marianas, Juan Ayuyu, has been sentenced to 41 months in prison in a second case over the smuggling of dead fruit bats.

Ayuyu was originally sentenced to six months in prison for conspiring with others to smuggle the bats from Rota to Saipan.

However, he got the much lengthier sentence of 41 months in prison for what he later did to cover up his tracks, including instructing his co-defendant to lie to a grand jury.

Both sentences are to run concurrently.

Ayuyu was given credit for 228 days of time served.

After completing his sentence, Ayuyu will be placed on three years of supervised release and he will be required to perform 100 hours of community service.