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Convicted Murderer Pleads Guilty To Facebook Threats From Prison

Kamoui Francis CROPPED

CHRISTIANSTED – A 25-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to threatening to injure someone over social media, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Kamoui “Turtle” Francis of Commandant Gade pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Croix to charges of transmission of threat to injure, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on January 28, 2014, a testifying witness in a murder case in the Superior Court on St. Croix received two threatening messages, Sharpe said.

The threats were sent from a mobile device to a Facebook account, and warned that if any of the defendants were found guilty, the witness and members of the witness’ family would be killed, the U.S. Department of Justice said.

As part of the investigation of the case, on February 5, 2014, Bureau of Corrections officers searched Francis’ cell at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility on St. Croix. Francis was the sole occupant of his cell.

During the search, Francis was found in possession of the mobile phone from which the threats were made, according to Sharpe.

Francis faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

A sentencing date has been set for February 10, 2016.

In 2013, Francis was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in a fatal shooting in Hospital Ground, St. Thomas in August 2011. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

The federal case this year was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rhonda Williams-Henry.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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