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Jibri Roberts of St. Thomas Gets 20 Years For Killing Texas Woman at Jala Jala Club



CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 24-year-old St. Thomas man who pleaded guilty to a murder in October 2015, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison by V.I. Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston.

Jibri K. Roberts of Bonne Esperance was initially charged with 20 counts, including first-degree murder, in relation to the shooting death of Rajkumarie Hendrickson. The incident occurred on Oct. 24, 2015, outside the Jala Jala nightclub on Kronprindsens Gade.

Roberts accepted the terms of a closed plea agreement proffered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The remaining counts against him were dismissed.

In his sentencing, Judge Dunston allowed Roberts to receive credit for the 278 days he has already served and ordered him to pay restitution to the victim’s husband. Judge Dunston also said he will recommend to the Bureau of Corrections that Roberts be afforded all the educational opportunities and vocational training that are available.

“Unfortunately, we continue to witness this senseless loss of life in the territory, and in this case, a man lost his wife permanently to violence,” AG Walker said.


MURDERED IN ROCK CITY: Rajkumarie Hendrickson of Pflugerville, Texas.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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