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Flunked Police Cadet Held Over On Federal Murder For Hire Charges

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Delroy Thomas of St. Croix

CHRISTIANSTED – A former St. Croix police cadet who was accused of impregnating a 16-year-old girl last year was held over on murder for hire charges in federal court on Thursday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Delroy A. Thomas, 25, of Barren Spot was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock on Thursday after being charged in a three-count information with use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire and related offenses, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Thomas, who uses the nickname “Straight-Pleasure” on social media, is being detained in prison pending trial.

The federal information is the result of months of investigative work by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), and the Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The joint investigation was initiated based on information that an inmate at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility on St. Croix was planning to murder two witnesses in his upcoming case in the Virgin Islands Superior Court.

The information charges Thomas with use of interstate commerce facility in commission of murder for hire, attempted murder, and attempted retaliation against a witness.

If convicted on count one, Thomas faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. On count two, he faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison, and on count three, he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Sharpe said that an information is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.

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Delroy “Straight-Pleasure” Thomas

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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