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Dominica Native Lester Charles Gets Two Years On Federal Gun Charge

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Dominica was given two years in prison by a federal judge for being an illegal migrant with a gun.

Lester Charles, 36, of Roseau, was sentenced today after having pleaded guilty to being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Charles to 24 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, a Virgin Islands Police Department officer went to an area in Lindberg Bay where Charles and another individual became involved in a heated dispute over a parking space.

Charles left the scene and returned 15 minutes later with a firearm. He proceeded to chase and point the firearm at the victim.

The firearm, a Beretta Pierto Model CAT5802, was recovered by law enforcement at the scene, along with 10 rounds of ammunition, including one round in the chamber of the firearm.

Charles admitted to law enforcement officers that he had possessed the gun.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard


A Beretta Pierto Model CAT5802 handgun
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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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