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St. Thomas Native Jashawn Bailey Appears In Federal Court On Illegal Weapons Charges

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A 30-year-old St. Thomas native was arrested on illegal weapons charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Jashawn Bailey was arrested Friday on a criminal complaint charging him with one count of possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Bailey made his initial appearance on the same day before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller. He was released pending a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.

According to the complaint, on December 14, 2016, the Virgin Islands Police discovered a .45 caliber Taurus firearm with an obliterated serial number wrapped in a T-shirt and hat at a crime scene.

Subsequently, Bailey, who was at the scene, admitted that the firearm belonged to him.

If convicted, Bailey faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Sharpe said that a complaint is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt.

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

The case is being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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