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Convicted Felon Karim Woodley Hears Illegal Gun Charges Against Him In Federal Court


CHRISTIANSTED – A 39-year-old St. Croix man heard the illegal gun charges he is faced with in federal court on Monday, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Karim Woodley was arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after being charged in a three-count information with possession of a firearm by felon, possession of a firearm near a school and unauthorized firearm possession, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Cannon ordered the defendant on release pending trial, Sharpe said.

If convicted, Woodley faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine on the felon in possession and possession near school counts.

He also faces a ten year sentence on the unauthorized possession charge and a $15,000.00 fine.

According to court records, the charges stem from a Gang initiative conducted by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Department of Homeland Security (HSI) last December.

Agents searched Woodley and discovered an unlicensed firearm on his person.

The case was investigated by the VIPD and HSI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

Sharpe said that an information is merely a formal charging document and is not in and of itself evidence of guilt.

“Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty,” he said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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