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Spencer Wayne Allen Gets 7.75 Years In Prison For Destroying Navy Recruiting Office

SPENCER WAYNE ALLEN OF TEXAS WAS SENTENCED TO 7.75 YEARS IN PRISON TODAY

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Texas man was given 7.75 years in prison today by a federal judge for destroying a U.S. Navy recruiting center and damaging two other federal buildings in St. Thomas.

Spencer Wayne Allen, 26, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 93 months of imprisonment for his convictions of arson and malicious damage and destruction to federal property, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also sentenced Allen to three years of supervised release, 300 hours of community service, and a $300 special assessment.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 28, 2017, Allen maliciously damaged the U.S. Navy and Marine Recruitment Center in the Nisky Shopping Center on St. Thomas by means of fire, resulting in the Center’s complete destruction.

Also on February 28, 2017, Allen damaged by fire two other properties belonging to the United States – the Ron de
Lugo Federal Building and United States Courthouse and the U.S. Coast Guard Station.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), with the assistance of the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), Virgin Islands Port Authority(VIPA), the Virgin Islands Fire Service (VIFS), and the Virginia Beach Fire Department Fire Investigations.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meredith J. Edwards and Everard E. Potter.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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