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Dominica Native Who Told Feds He Is An Illegal With A Gun Faces 10 Years In Prison

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A native of Dominica who was arrested after a fight in April faces 10 years in prison after admitting in federal court to being an illegal alien with a gun.

Lester Gabriel Charles, 35, of Roseau pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Curtis Gomez to possession of a firearm by an illegal alien, United States Attorney Gretchen Shappert said.

Charles sentencing is scheduled for November 15, 2018 where he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Virgin Islands Police Department responded to a fight on April 5, 2018 involving Charles, who is in the United States illegally.

Charles admitted that he possessed and later discarded the firearm, a Beretta Pierto Model CAT-5802, which Virgin Islands Police Department officers recovered.

The firearm contained 10 live rounds of ammunition—one in the chamber and one in the firearm’s magazine.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Virgin Islands Police
Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David White.

https://vifreepress.com/2018/04/police-say-they-found-a-gun-on-st-thomas-lester-charles-when-they-came-to-break-up-fight/

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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