U.S. ATTORNEY: Shelica Baxter Arraigned In Federal Court On Charges She Illegally Got Two Guns In The Mail
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas woman formally heard the charges against her in federal court today — that she illegally received two guns in her post office box.
Shelica Baxter, 26, made her initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after being charged with receiving firearms through the mail, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett said.
Miller released Baxter on a $10,000 unsecured bond and set Baxter’s preliminary hearing for April 12, 2017, Hewlett said.
According to the complaint, on April 5, 2017, agents of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested Baxter in the area of the Sugar Estate Post Office in St. Thomas after she received a package from her post office box containing two firearms.
Under federal law, if convicted of receiving firearms, Baxter faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by HSI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.
Hewlett said that a criminal complaint 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,” she said.