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‘Armed, Career Criminal’ Faces 10 Years In Prison For Illegal Gun Possession Guilty Plea

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            Michael Lewis of St. Thomas

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 36-year-old Estate Dorothea man pleaded guilty to illegal gun possession charges in federal court in St. Thomas Wednesday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Dubbed “an armed career criminal” in the federal indictment against him, Michael A. Lewis admitted in U.S. District Court to being possessing a gun as a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing is scheduled for March 3, 2016.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on June 23, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) Officers attempted to conduct a field interview with Lewis who took off running from the officers.

As Lewis was running from VIPD officers, a butt of a firearm was seen protruding from his front right pants’ pocket. Lewis was later apprehended in a residence where he discarded three firearms.

VIPD officers recovered the firearms. Lewis is a convicted felon and not authorized to possess a firearm. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Lewis was charged with five counts of illegal possession of guns and ammunition by a convicted felon.

He had been previously convicted of unauthorized possession of firearms and third-degree assault with a deadly weapon, according to the indictment.

Lewis was arrested in June with three pistols, one with the serial number obliterated, and 152 rounds of assorted ammunition, the indictment said.

The case was the result of a joint investigation by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the VIPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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