By Ferdie de la Torre
Former senator Juan M. Ayuyu was sentenced to 41 months in prison today, Monday, in federal court.
U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered Ayuyu to spend six months in prison for the offense of conspiring to violate the Endangered Species Act and 41 months in prison for the offense of conspiring to obstruct an official proceeding.
The sentences shall run concurrently. This means the total actual prison term for the two charges is 41 months. Ayuyu was given credit for 228 days of time served.
Manglona allowed Ayuyu to remain at liberty until a federal prison facility is secured.
The judge did not impose a fine but required the former senator to pay a $110 court assessment fee.
After completing his sentence, Ayuyu will be placed on three years of supervised release. He will be required to perform 100 hours of community service.
On July 22, 2013, Ayuyu pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the smuggling of endangered fruit bats from Rota to Saipan. He resigned as a member of the 18th Senate on Sept. 30, 2013.