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HEWLITT: St. Thomas Security Guard Nathaniel Sumayah Gets 1.4 Years In Prison For Being A Felon With A Gun

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez today sentenced Nathaniel Sumayah, 31, of St. Thomas, to 17 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting United States Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced.

Judge Gomez also ordered Sumayah to pay a $100 special assessment and complete 400 hours of community service. On November 9, 2016, Sumayah pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to the plea agreement, on August 13, 2016, federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a search warrant of Sumayah’s residence and discovered two firearms, six magazines, and approximately 280 rounds of assorted ammunition, all of which belonged to Sumayah.

In December 2009, Sumayah was a security guard employed by Advance Security and he was accused of not returning one of the company’s guns to his supervisor and was held on local charges of embezzlement and illegal weapons.

Sumayah. then of Bergs Home in St. Thomas, was arrested on charges of embezzlement and unauthorized possession of a firearm in connection with a September 22, 2009 incident, according to Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) records.

In an affidavit supporting the arrest, Detective Dwight Griffith said that during his investigation he spoke to a supervisor at Advance Security who is responsible for distributing and collecting the company’s weapons from guards on a daily basis.

The supervisor said that on September 22, when he went to the Department of Finance where Sumayah is stationed to collect the firearms, he received only two weapons from Sumayah.

The case was investigated by the ATF.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Edwards.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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