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Puerto Rican Man Gets Seven Years, Dominican Gets Four Years Under Plea Agreements For McDonald’s Shotgun Robbery on St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Helwood Urbina Paris, 20, of Puerto Rico, and Hanselo Recio, 18, of the Dominican Republic, were sentenced Thursday for their roles in the armed robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant in Lockhart Shopping Center, U.S. Attorney Gretchen Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Paris to 87 months (7.25 years) in prison for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and 87 months for robbery in the first degree, Shappert said.

Gomez sentenced Recio to 51 months in prison (4.25 years) for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and 108 months for discharge of a firearm during a federal crime of violence. Judge Gomez also sentenced Paris to three years of supervised release and Recio to five years of supervised release.

Gomez ordered Paris to serve his sentence concurrently and Recio to serve his consecutively. Judge Gomez also ordered each man to pay a $100 special assessment, and perform 400 hours of community service.

According to documents filed in court, on March 25, 2017, members of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) responded to reports of a robbery at the McDonald’s restaurant in Lockhart Shopping Center.

After an exchange of gunfire, Recio, who was inside the restaurant, surrendered and was taken into custody. Paris was arrested after the investigation revealed that he was involved in the planning, execution and attempted cover-up of the robbery.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the VIPD.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte and former Criminal Chief Christian Fisanick.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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