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CAREER CRIMINAL: St. Croix’s Shawn McIntosh, Convicted of Burglary in 2012, Admits To Gun Possession in 2017

GUILTY PLEA: Shawn McIntosh

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CHRISTIANSTED – A 24-year-old St. Croix man admitted in federal court that he was a criminal in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Shawn McIntosh pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Golden Rock today to being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, police officers encountered McIntosh on July 9, 2016, while searching for another individual at the Hidden Island Bar in St. Croix.

Upon observing the police, McIntosh ran and was observing tossing an object, later determined to be a firearm. McIntosh was previously convicted of third-degree burglary in 2012 in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

McIntosh faces a maximum of 10 years of incarceration and a maximum fine of $250,000. A sentencing date has been set for May 24, 2017.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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