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St. Thomas’ Walid John Given 10 Months In Prison For Being A Domestic Violence Offender With A Gun

JUDGE CURTIS GOMEZ: Ordered Walid John, 37, to serve 10 months in prison on federal gun conviction.

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A federal judge ordered a St. Thomas man on Wednesday to serve nearly one year in prison for being a person with a gun after being convicted of a domestic violence-related crime.

Walid John, 37, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of domestic violence, Acting U.S. Attorney, Joycelyn Hewlett said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced John to serve three years of supervised release, pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 400 hours of community service, Hewlett said.

On December 12, 2016, John pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a crime of domestic violence, court records indicate.

According to the plea agreement, on October 20, 2016, John admitted to being in possession of a firearm and that he had been previously convicted of a domestic violence offense in 2012.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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