Commonwealth v. Aquino – Case Brief Summary (N.Mariana Islands)

In Commonwealth v. Aquino, 2 CR 899 (N.M.I. Tr. Ct. 1986), the defendant's motion for reduction of sentence was based on seven letters from the defendant's family and friends which discussed the hardship to the family and Aquino's good behavior since the time of his incarceration.

The court found that the hardship to his family was minimal, and although his exemplary conduct in prison was commendable, he did not show evidence of "rehabilitation and true remorse." Aquino, supra, slip op., 2 CR at 902.

Therefore, the circumstances did not adequately justify a reduction in sentence. Id. at 903.