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VIPD Helps Feds Put Away Convicted Felon For 3.5 Years

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 SENTENCED: Lued Brown of St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 44-year-old St. Thomas man was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a gun.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on sentenced Lued Browne to 42 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Carlos Canino said.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Browne to serve three years of supervised release, 400 hours of community service and pay a $100 special assessment.

On September 14, 2015, Browne pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 22, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers responded to a report that a vehicle was blocking the exit at the Antilles School.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed Browne, the sole occupant of the vehicle, sitting in the driver’s seat.

The officer also observed a firearm between the driver’s seat and the center console of the vehicle. The firearm was recovered.

Browne is a convicted felon and cannot legally possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands.

Browne was previously convicted of armed bank robbery and use or possession of a firearm during a crime of violence in the Northern District of Florida, Gainesville Division, in 1992.

Under federal sentencing guidelines, Browne could have been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

The case was investigated by ATF and the VIPD. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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        U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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