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St. Croix Man Given 1.75 Years In Prison For Contraband and Illegal Gun

Chief Judge Wilma Lewis

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old St. Croix man was given 1.75 years in prison by a federal judge for having prison contraband and an illegal gun, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI.

Jahseen Simmonds of Estate Richmond was sentenced to 21 months in prison for having prison contraband and possessing a firearm while under indictment, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI said in a prepared statement.

Simmonds was also ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Wilma Lewis on November 5 to serve three years of supervised release, and pay a $300 special assessment and $600 fine.

The former LBJ housing resident must also obtain a GED and vocational or educational training to obtain a license or certification at least six months before the expiration of his supervised release, according to the order of Judge Lewis.

On May 11, 2015, Simmonds pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of prison contraband, and one count of possession of a firearm while under indictment.

According to court documents, on or about August 30, 2013, Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections officers conducted a search of a cell occupied solely by Simmonds.

The officers seized two shanks on the top bunk. On April 7, 2014, federal officers conducted a search of a cell occupied by Simmonds and seized a shank that was under his mattress.

On January 2, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department officers observed Simmonds in the Ruby Rouss Housing Complex on St. Croix with a clear plastic bag that contained a green leafy substance. Simmonds admitted to the police that the bag contained marijuana, and he gave the bag to the police.

When asked if he had any other contraband, Simmonds ran from the police. The police officers chased and caught Simmonds. Upon searching him, the officers found a loaded .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun, a loaded magazine and a switchblade knife.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States 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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