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 SENTENCED: Ja’Moi Corraspe

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old St. Thomas man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison for conspiring to ship guns with obliterated serial numbers to the territory, authorities said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez today sentenced Ja’Moi Khadeem Corraspe to 48 months in prison for conspiracy to ship firearms with obliterated serial numbers, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

Sharpe and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Carlos Canino said Corraspe was one of four men who allegedly filed the serial numbers off of firearms before shipping them to St. Thomas from Florida.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Corraspe to serve three years of supervised release, 600 hours of community service and pay a $100 special assessment.

On September 14, 2015, Corraspe pleaded guilty in federal court to conspiracy to ship firearms with obliterated serial numbers.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, between August 6, 2013, and October 7, 2013, Corraspe conspired with other alleged ringleader Tequan Anthony Joseph, Calvia Lake and D’Mari Jahcoi Heyliger to mail two firearms with obliterated serial numbers from Jacksonville, Florida, to St. Thomas.

Corraspe admitted in open court that he is not a federally-licensed firearm dealer and is not authorized to possess the firearm in the Virgin Islands.

According to the indictment, Joseph was accused of purchasing a 10mm Glock and a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson from a firearms dealer in Jacksonville, Fla., on two separate days in 2013.

He, along with Corraspe, then mailed the pistols with obliterated serial numbers to Heyliger and Lake of St. Thomas.

The four were each charged on 12 counts involving the six pistols, in which the serial numbers had been obliterated, according to court documents.

The case was investigated by ATF. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

In November 2011, The V.I. Attorney General’s Office dropped murder charges against Corraspe in the fatal 2010 shooting of 22-year-old Aquil Abdullah near the Wendy’s parking lot.

The local AG’s office withdrew charges of first-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, four counts of possession of an unlicensed firearm during the commission of a violent crime and two counts of reckless endangerment without prejudice – meaning that the charges could be refiled.

Corraspe previously served two years in prison for pistol-whipping and shooting twice at a man stopped at a red light in Mandela Circle. The victim’s leg had to be amputated due to the injuries he sustained from the shooting.

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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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