Governor Calvo signed the commutations of two men.
U.S. Immigrations officials identified the two non-U.S. citizens as having committed deportable offenses and their files were tagged with federal detainers. Both men have served a majority of their sentences.
Alfredo Felijar Nicolas Jr., a Philippine national, was convicted in 2012 of second-degree criminal sexual conduct as a first-degree felony. Nicolas was sentenced to seven years in prison with two years suspended.
Dwight Luther, a FSM national, was charged with family violence, criminal sexual conduct and child abuse. He was convicted in 2012 of second-degree CSC as a first-degree felony and was sentenced to five years in prison. He served time in prison previously for vehicular homicide and was released in 2011.
“The commutations I signed are conditional on their deportation. I am asking the federal government to move swiftly in deporting these two individuals,” the Governor stated. Immigration officials have said that typically someone who has a federal detainer in their file is processed and in front of an immigrations judge in about two weeks.
This was a joint effort by local and federal officials. Immigrations & Customs Enforcements officials were informed of the commutations and have been given custody of the two men.
“I hope we can continue to work with U.S. immigrations on this initiative and ensure that migrants who come to Guam abide by the laws of Guam and the requirements of their visas or treaties, thereby helping to ensure the safety of all Guamanians,” the Governor added.
With their commutation and transfer of custody, the federal government now shoulders the cost of housing the two individuals. The average cost of housing each inmate and detainee at the Department of Corrections is almost $100 a day.