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30-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty To Having Contraband In His Prison Cell

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CHRISTIANSTED –Senior District Court Judge Raymond L. Finch sentenced today Rodney Stanley, 30, an inmate at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility on St. Croix, to one month of imprisonment for possession of prison contraband, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

Judge Finch also ordered Woods to serve one year of supervised release and pay a $25 mandatory assessment. By law, the sentence of imprisonment must be consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving for voluntary manslaughter.

On October 9, 2015, Stanley pleaded guilty to one count of possession of prison contraband. As part of his plea, Woods admitted that on November 15, 2012, while he was an inmate at Golden Grove, he possessed a cellular telephone which was hidden in his cell in the head of his mattress.

Cellular telephones are prohibited contraband in correctional facilities because they are known to be used by prisoners to intimidate witnesses, orchestrate narcotics transactions, and facilitate other criminal activity, including murders.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami S. Badawy.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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