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Dominican Republic Native Gets Two Years In Prison For Shooting His Gun On Main Street St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of the Dominican Republic was given two years in prison today by a federal judge for firing off his gun in a crowded downtown area of St. Thomas.

Cristian Lopez-Moncion, 36, of Santo Domingo, was sentenced today for possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Lopez-Moncion to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered him to pay a $100 special assessment, according to Shappert.

On June 14, 2017, Lopez-Moncion pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.

According to documents filed in court, on August 6, 2016, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) responded to a report of shots fired on Main Street in St. Thomas.

The investigation revealed that Lopez-Moncion was in possession of a Glock 9 mm firearm.

The firearm was recovered and analyzed.

A forensic examination determined that the firearm had been modified to operate in a fully automatic capacity.

Lopez-Moncion is not a legal resident of the United States and is not licensed to possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the VIPD.

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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