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Husband Of Murdered Woman Rakes Chief Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston Over The Coals For ‘Light’ Sentence Of Jibri Roberts

MARRIED IN ST. KITTS: Joe Hendrickson (right) with his wife Rajkumarie.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The chief judge of the Superior Court is in the hot seat today after the Texas husband of a murdered woman lambasted him for giving a convicted murderer only a 20-year sentence.
Joe Hendrickson, who married Rajkumarie Hendrickson in St. Kitts 13 years ago, said he was “so disappointed” in Judge Michael Dunston’s Sept. 19 decision and charged that “corruption” might be at play in the case.
“I am so disappointed that the Prosecutor’s Office (V.I. Attorney General Claude Walker) let the plea go through,” Hendrickson said. “I have no idea why they did it, as I have no information about the kind of case the prosecutors had to work with.”
Hendrickson said that he flew down to the Virgin Islands from Pflugerville, Texas to appear before Judge Dunston and plead his case for a life sentence for convicted killer Jibri Roberts of Bonne Esperance (which means “good luck” in French).
“It is my opinion they (the prosecution) were just too lazy or too incompetent to do any better,” he said. “I would not be surprised if the reason they let the killer of my beautiful wife off the hook with such a short sentence is because of official corruption, I just don’t know.”
The Texas resident who has traveled widely in the Caribbean without ever having an issue with crime believes that the V.I. Attorney General’s Office and the V.I. Superior Court were complicit in handing down a sentence that is not fair compared to what is normal for someone convicted of murder on the U.S. mainland. Hendrickson said Walker was not available to him as a member of the victim’s immediate family.
“No one from the (Attorney General’s) office involved in the case has explained it to me,” Hendrickson said. “I only found out about the deal after it was done. I sent a letter to the Judge Dunston. And I  spoke at the sentencing BEGGING the Judge to turn it down. Now I don’t know if he (Dunston) could not or would not stop it. If he just would not then shame on him.”
Hendrickson said people traveling to the Virgin Islands — especially downtown Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas — should be given a warning about how dangerous it is to be out at nighttime.
“If the good people of the V.I. think it is OK for a dog to shoot my wife several times in the chest, with his previous gun charges and get only twenty years then they can continue to stay off the streets at night and warn tourists to stay in their hotels at night.”
Hendrickson added that it is high time for the Virgin Islands to elect their own attorney general — not have one appointed by the governor — as was done in this case with Gov. Kenneth Mapp.
“I think they (the people of the Virgin Islands) are not pleased with the Prosecutors or the Judge in this case and will sweep these (expletive deleted) out of office. I would like to thank the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) for the good job they did.”
The man who is still in mourning for his wife who was murdered on Oct. 24, 2015 held out little hope that the second man charged in the case — Adowa Fleming of Altona — would face an even stiffer sentence at his upcoming trial as an accomplice in the case.
“Twenty years for cold-blooded murder is not justice — it is just sickening.” Hendrickson said. “With that kind of sentencing — I can only say good luck to the people of the Virgin Islands — they will need it.”


GETS OFF EASY WITH 20 YEARS: Jibri Roberts of Bonne Esperance, St. Thomas.

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  1. Sen Joe City
    September 26, 2016 at 10:50 PM — Reply

    ok a couple things….
    1. his “wife” was hanging out at a whore house
    2. calling a black man a “dog” shows he has issues that he needs to work on.

  2. tim craw
    September 27, 2016 at 3:20 PM — Reply

    who gives a shite where she was? The island is a PCP perverted banana republic and this american is paying for your joke society. DOG? he’s a dog. a piece of trash. no one cares what his skin look like.
    My american arse is going to send down martial law to you backassward retards

  3. joe hendrickson
    November 2, 2016 at 3:01 PM — Reply

    Ma’am, you must be a real jackass, what does it matter if she was at a whore house. Only a jackass would would suggest that because of the location, she some how had it coming, or some thing like that. That dog is a cold-blooded killer. It is a insult to DOGs to call that pig a DOG. I don’t care what race he is.

  4. November 4, 2016 at 4:18 PM — Reply

    Joe City your a dog…. It absolutely doesn’t matter where or what she was doing, she was shot by a coward punk.. I feel sorry for the innocent people in the VI that have to deal with such a poor judicial system.. God Bless Them.

  5. November 4, 2016 at 4:20 PM — Reply

    Wow really Joe City, your a ignorant, heartless dog… It absolutely doesn’t matter where or what she was doing, she was shot by a coward punk.. I feel sorry for the innocent people in the VI that have to deal with such a poor judicial system.. God Bless Them.

  6. Lucy S Hendrickson
    November 4, 2016 at 4:28 PM — Reply

    It absolutely doesn’t matter where or what she was doing, she was shot by a coward that deserves to rot in prison… Sen Joe your a real class act.. Your comment is indespicable.. I take it you’re not the sharpest tool in the shed.. I feel really sorry for the people in the Virgin Islands that have to live with such a corrupt judicial system.. God Bless Those People…

  7. Jos h
    November 4, 2016 at 4:36 PM — Reply

    Murder is never excusable. …..who decides they are above reproach and can take a human life at will? Sentence should be life, so the murderer doesn’t have an opportunity to think he’s above the law AGAIN! Criminal System seems to suck…….

  8. Felisha Pollard
    November 5, 2016 at 7:22 PM — Reply

    It is appalling that a murderer with previous gun convictions is only handed down 20 yrs for a cold blooded murder of this poor woman. I cant imagine how her family must feel. This is not justice. Very sad.

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