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FEDS: St. Croix Man Sentenced To Time Served For Being Felon With A Gun

A .223 RIFLE

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man has been sentenced to time served for his role in a 2015 police chase and shooting.

Maurice Doyle, 27, was given 19 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today.

U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced to that term on Thursday — a term Doyle has already served while awaiting trial.

Judge Lewis also sentenced Doyle to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $1,000.00 fine and a special assessment of $100.00.

Doyle pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon on February 22, 2018.

According to evidence presented in court, on December 4, 2015, Doyle was operating a vehicle carrying two male passengers. The three men traveled to Williams Delight in order to obtain firearms in preparation for a planned robbery.

The passenger in the rear seat of the vehicle obtained a pistol and a .223 rifle from someone at Williams Delight and re-entered Doyle’s vehicle with the weapons.

A police chase later ensued and the passenger in the rear seat discharged shots at the police.

No one was injured, and the robbery did not occur. Doyle and the two passengers abandoned the vehicle and fled.

None of the three was apprehended on December 4, 2015. Doyle later reported the vehicle as stolen. He was not arrested until December of 2016.

Doyle had previously been convicted in 2012 in the Virgin Islands Superior Court of unauthorized firearm possession of a firearm.

The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

A St. Croix man has been charged in connection with a 2015 police chase and shooting, according to court documents.

Maurice Doyle, 27, was charged Wednesday with being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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