Illegal Alien From The Dominican Republic Admits To Firing Glock Machine Pistol In Crowded Urban Area Of St. Thomas
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic entered a guilty plea in federal court on Wednesday to charges that he fired a Glock machine pistol in St. Thomas in August.
Cristian Lopez-Moncion, 35, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.
According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on August 6, 2016, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) responded to Main Street in Charlotte Amalie, after a report of shots fired.
Lopez-Moncion admitted that he was in possession of a Glock 9mm firearm, Hewlett said.
The Glock was examined and determined that it had been modified to operate as a fully automatic firearm.
The court found that Lopez-Moncion is not a legal resident of the United States and is not licensed to possess a
firearm in the Virgin Islands.
Lopez-Moncion faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has been set for October 13, 2017.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the VIPD.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.