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Elvin Wrensford Gets Life In Prison For Shooting Death Of Man Near Car Wash

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 LIFE IN PRISON: Elvin Wrensford

CHRISTIANSTED – A 30-year-old St. Croix man was sentenced to life behind bars by a federal judge after being convicted of the shooting death of Gilbert Hendricks Jr. following an argument near a La Grande Princesse car wash in 2012.

Elvin Wrensford was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for federal firearm offenses by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

Lewis also imposed a sentence of life in prison without parole for first-degree murder and 20 years in prison on a local firearms offense to be served after the federal sentences, Sharpe said.

And Lewis sentenced Wrensford to multiple terms of supervised release, pay a fine of $25,000.00, pay $6,360.00 in restitution, and pay a special assessment of $225.

After a two-week trial, on March 24, 2015 a federal jury on St. Croix convicted Wrensford and co-defendant, Craig Muller.

Evidence presented at trial established that during the afternoon on May 10, 2012, the defendants argued with a male individual at Ben’s Car Wash in Estate Princesse.

The two men left and later returned to the car wash in a red truck.

A second male, 32-year-old Hendricks, walked out of the car wash and saw Wrensford and Muller in the truck and began running.

Wrensford and Muller chased Hendricks while in the truck and then Wrensford began firing at him, authorities said. Hendricks fell to the ground and Wrensford continued to shoot at him.

Hendricks died as a result of the gunshot wounds.

Prosecutors established the identity of the shooter through eyewitness testimony and DNA evidence.

Muller’s sentencing is set for February 11, 2016.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Alphonso Andrews Jr., and Rhonda Williams-Henry.

Craig Muller


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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