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Lued Browne Faces 10 Years and $250K Fine After Pleading Guilty To Illegal Gun Charge

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 44-year-old St. Thomas man pled guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Lued A. Browne pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on September 14, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 4, 2016.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on May 22, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department officers responded to a report that a vehicle was blocking the exit at Antilles School. Upon arrival at the scene, officers observed Browne, the sole occupant of the vehicle, sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle.

The officers also observed a firearm between the driver’s seat and center console of the vehicle, which they immediately confiscated. Further investigation revealed that Browne has a prior felony conviction and could not legally possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. Browne faces a maximum sentence of 10 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 Virgin Islands Police Department. 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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