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St. Thomas’ Robert Brown Given Four Years In Prison For Jewelry Store Robbery in 2013

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A federal judge sentenced a St. Thomas man to four years in prison for his role in a jewelry store robbery in 2013.

Robert Brown, 28, was given that sentence by U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Thursday for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Judge Gomez also ordered Brown to serve three years supervised release, perform 400 hours of community service and pay a special assessment of $100, according to Shappert.

On January 4, 2018, Brown pleaded guilty to a one-count information, charging him with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery.

On October 20, 2017, Brown was charged in a one-count Information, which was a result of an investigation into Hobbs Act robbery of Gems and Gold Corner Jewelry Store in St. Thomas on September 16, 2013.

According to the information, Brown and other individuals conspired to rob this jewelry store and brandished weapons to threaten and intimidate the store owner.

The case is a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Anna Vlasova and Kim Chisholm.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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