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GUARD’S ASLEEP? Man Gets 4 Months For Keeping Cell Phone In His Jail Cell

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CHRISTIANSTED – A federal judge sentenced a 25-year-old Grove Place man to less than half a year in prison and a $500 fine for having a mobile phone in his prison cell, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis on Wednesday sentenced Shevron Percival of Lorraine Village to four months in prison and one year of supervised release for possession of prison contraband, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said Thursday.

On May 7, 2015, Percival pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prison contraband. As part of his plea, Percival admitted that he possessed a cellular telephone that was found in his basketball shorts while he was an inmate at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility in Estate Grove Place.

Cellular telephones are prohibited contraband in V.I. correctional facilities because they are known to be used by prisoners to intimidate witnesses, orchestrate narcotics transactions, and facilitate other criminal activity, including murders – according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Percival was found guilty of the robbery and weapons possession crimes by a Superior Court jury in July 2013. Those local charges stemmed from a robbery in Lorraine Village on St. Croix on May 10, 2011.
In January, the V.I. Supreme Court re-affirmed that trial court decision and turned down Percival’s appeal of his first-degree robbery and weapons convictions.

The federal case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami Badawy.

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Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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