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Accused Murderer Aubrey Frett Faces 20 Years In Prison On Federal Gun Charge

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man accused in Virgin Islands Superior Court of killing one man and shooting another now faces additional charges in federal court.

Aubrey Frett, 30, of Charlotte Amalie was arrested on September 3 and charged in connection with the murder of 44-year-old Jerome Turnbull on September 1, Superior Court records indicate. Turnbull died of gunshot wounds sustained in the Hospital Ground section of St. Thomas.

Frett was arrested on Wednesday based on an indictment charging him with possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, possession with the intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Frett made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and was detained pending further proceedings on May 9, 2019.

According to the indictment, on September 3, 2018, Frett was in possession of marijuana, crack cocaine and a firearm with an obliterated serial number when officers from the Virgin Islands Police Department detained him.

If convicted of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, Frett faces a term of imprisonment of not more than five years and a $250,000 fine.

If convicted of possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, a term of not more than twenty years and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, a term of not more than five years in prison.

On the possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, Frett faces a consecutive five year term of imprisonment.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the VIPD investigated this matter.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Everard Potter.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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