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22-Year-Old St. Thomian Pleads Guilty To Gun Smuggling and Faces 5 Years in Prison

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Ja’moi Khadeem Corraspe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 22-year-old St. Thomas man pled guilty to illegal gun smuggling charges in federal court on Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ja’moi Khadeem Corraspe, 22, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to conspiracy to ship firearms with obliterated serial numbers, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing for Corraspe is scheduled for January 4, 2016.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between August 6, 2013 and October 7, 2013, Corraspe conspired with other individuals to unlawfully mail firearms with obliterated serial numbers from Jacksonville, Florida to St. Thomas.

Corraspe directed the shipping of two firearms from Jacksonville to St. Thomas: a Smith and Wesson, Model SD40VE, .40 caliber pistol and a Glock, Model 20, 10mm pistol, both with obliterated serial numbers, Sharpe said.
Corraspe is not a federal licensed firearms dealer and is not authorized to possess the two firearms in the territory, the federal prosecutor said. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case is the result of a joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  It is being prosecuted by Asst. U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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