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St. Thomas’ Rehelio Trant Gets 5.91 Years in Prison For Being Convicted Felon With Gun

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was given 5.91 years in prison by a federal judge on Wednesday.

Rehelio Trant, 39, of Estate Contant, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Trant to 71 months incarceration which will be consecutive to any other sentence the defendant may serve.

In addition, Judge Gomez ordered that Trant be placed on three years supervised release, complete 300 hours of community service, and pay a $100 special assessment and a $2,000 fine.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on October 16, 2017, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) received a report from an unnamed person that Trant had brandished a firearm after a verbal confrontation with that person.

Trant had a prior conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and firearms are not manufactured in the Virgin Islands.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the VIPD.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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