The former deputy commissioner of the Northern Marianas' police has avoided jail after being convicted of car theft.
Ambrosio Ogumoro, who had been second in command at the Department of Public Safety, was given a suspended six year jail term for theft by deception and misconduct in public office.
The judge said prison time for Ogumoro would be a waste of the government's money.
According to the charges, in 2002 Ogumoro had stolen a car that belonged to the department.
In 2015 Ogumoro had been found guilty of conspiracy to commit theft of services pertaining to the shielding of former attorney general Edward Buckingham.