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Man Sentenced For Stealing Park Lighting Units

American Memorial Park

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A federal court has sentenced Dominic Chipwelong, one of three men accused of conspiring to steal and sell portions of the park’s metal lighting units, to ten months in prison. After serving the prison term, the 24-year-old Chipwelong will be placed on three years of supervised release. He was also ordered to immediately pay $35,490 in restitution jointly with co-defendant James Ochcha and to perform 100 hours of community service. During his probationary period, Chipwelong is prohibited from using controlled drugs and consuming alcoholic beverages. Chipwelong, Ochcha, and Masaioshy Daikichi Sallem were indicted for conspiracy to sell government property and theft of government property; Ochcha was also charged with destruction of a veteran's memorial. The three were accused of engaging in a conspiracy to steal portions of the metal lighting units from the park and selling them to a recycling center in November 2007. Chipwelong and Ochcha entered a guilty plea. Ochcha's sentencing is set for October 27th. Sallem has maintained his innocence of the charges. His trial is scheduled for October 20th. [



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