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23-Year-Old St. Thomas Man Gets 15 Months For Mailing Guns To The Territory

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 23-year-old St. Thomas man who authorities said was the ringleader of a group of four men who removed the serial numbers from guns before shipping them here from Florida was sentenced to 15 months in prison by a federal judge on Thursday.

D’Mari Heyliger was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez to one year and three months in prison for a federal conviction on possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and the same sentence for possession of an unlicensed firearm under local law, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Gomez also sentenced Heyliger to serve three years of supervised release, perform 300 hours of community service, pay a fine of $5,000 and pay a $100 special assessment, Sharpe said.

On August 31, 2015, Heyliger pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of an unlicensed firearm.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on December 20, 2013, a federal search warrant was executed on the defendant’s residence in St. Thomas.

During the execution of the search warrant, two firearms with obliterated serial numbers were found in Heyliger’s bedroom.

Since the firearms had obliterated serial numbers, the firearms cannot be lawfully registered and therefore Heyliger did not have the authority to possess the firearms in the territory.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.



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1 Comment

  1. Chuck
    June 20, 2018 at 3:13 PM — Reply

    the picture posted of the Colt 1911A1 is mine, and was used without by permission,
    I would like it removed from this story.

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