Kamoui Francis Gets Two Additional Years In Prison For Facebook Threat Sent From His Prison Cell
CHRISTIANSTED – A federal judge sentenced a 25-year-old St. Croix man on Thursday to more than two years of additional prison time after transmitting a threat from his prison cell over social media to a woman who had a restraining order against him.
Kamoui Francis was given 27 months in federal prison by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis for transmission of threat to injure, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.
Judge Lewis also sentenced Francis to three years of supervised release, order him to pay a $1,000 fine and said he must pay a special monetary assessment of $100, Sharpe said.
Francis pleaded guilty to the charges against him on October 9, 2015.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, in January 2014, on St. Croix, the victim was a witness in a Superior Court case involving the murder of a police officer.
On January 28, 2014, the victim received two threatening messages on her Facebook account which were sent from a mobile device.
The first message stated that if anyone was found guilty, the victim’s parents and children would be killed, that people were watching the victim and her family every night, that they knew where her kids went to school, and that they were following the victim from court every day.
The second message stated that the victim would go missing like the murdered police officer and that people were listening to her testimony.
The woman was called “a rat” and she was warned that if anyone received a life sentence, the woman’s family would be killed, that the woman would die slowly just like the officer and would be fed to the sharks.
Investigators determined that the messages were sent from a Facebook account which they linked to Francis, who was serving a sentence at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility.
A subsequent search of Francis’ prison cell uncovered a cellular telephone whose assigned number was associated with the Facebook account from which the messages were sent.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.
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