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Three Men Get Seven Years In Prison Minimum For 2013 Jewelry Store Heist In St. Thomas

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Three men were sentenced for their roles in a jewelry store heist in St. Thomas in 2013.

Ron Delano Kuntz, 44, of St. Thomas, and Shawn McIntosh, 25, and Keon Wilson, 23, of St. Croix, were sentenced today for their roles in the armed robbery of the Gems and Gold Corner jewelry store, located on the St. Thomas waterfront, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

“The flagrant actions of gun-toting robbers will not be tolerated in the territory,” said U.S. Attorney Shappert. “In the United States Attorney’s Office, our primary focus is public safety. We intend to target violent criminals for federal prosecution. Today’s sentences are the result of constructive relationships between law-abiding citizens, hardworking law enforcement officers, and dedicated federal prosecutors.”

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Kuntz to 78 months in prison for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, and 78 months for Hobbs Act robbery, both sentences to run concurrent, with a consecutive sentence of 84 months’ imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence: a total term of imprisonment of 162 months. He sentenced McIntosh to 67 months in prison for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and 67 months for Hobbs Act robbery, both sentences to run concurrent, with a consecutive sentence of 84 months’ imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence: a total term of imprisonment of 151 months. He sentenced Wilson to 51 months in prison for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and 51 months for Hobbs Act robbery, both sentences to run concurrent, with a consecutive sentence of 84 months’ imprisonment for brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence: a total term of imprisonment of 135 months. Judge Gomez also sentenced each defendant to three years of supervised release on counts one and two of the indictment and five years on count three.

Judge Gomez ordered each defendant to pay a $300 special assessment, and perform 400 hours of community service.

After a two-day trial in January of 2018, a federal jury convicted Kuntz, McIntosh and Wilson of conspiring to commit and committing a Hobbs Act robbery of Gems and Gold Corner Jewelry Store on St. Thomas, on September 16, 2013.

According to the trial evidence, these individuals and others, conspired to rob the store and brandish weapons to threaten and intimidate store employees, and four of the individuals fled the store with merchandise.

Prior to trial, four defendants entered guilty pleas. Earlier this month, Jarmaine Ayala pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and on July 11, 2018, Judge Gomez sentenced Ayala, age 37, to 67 months in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

Judge Gomez also ordered Ayala to perform 400 hours of community service.

Kuntz, McIntosh, Wilson and Ayala were ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $31,027.81 to Gems and Gold Corner and $130,322.12 to Dorchester Insurance.

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

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim L.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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