CNMI: Kaipat sentenced to 46 months for possession of stolen firearm


Saipan, CNMI – Cling Philip Kaipat, also known as “Gilbert Kaipat,” was sentenced to 46 months in a federal prison after being found guilty of possessing a stolen firearm.

In a release, U.S. Attorney Shawn Anderson stated: “Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms and ammunition under a variety of circumstances, including where the gun itself is stolen.”

He added that “the Department of Justice will continue to focus resources on these prosecutions in an effort to prevent violent crime.”

Kaipat burglarized a home on Saipan on November 5, 2015, states the release from the U.S. Attorney.  During the course of the crime, he stole a 9mm Smith and Wesson handgun, several rounds of ammunition, and other items.

CNMI Department of Public Safety investigators obtained surveillance from a nearby grocery store. The footage depicted an individual wearing dark pants and a dark shirt walking in the direction of the residence.

DPS canvassed the neighborhood asking residents whether anyone recognized the individual in the surveillance video. Ultimately, someone identified Kaipat as the perpetrator.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives then began a federal investigation, explained Anderson.

This investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the assistance and cooperation of the C.N.M.I. Department of Public Safety.  The case was prosecuted by Garth R. Backe, Assistant United States Attorney for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Kaipat was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his prison term and he must also perform 50 hours of community service, unless he is gainfully employed following his release.