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St. Thomas’ Michael Hendrickson Found Guilty of Possessing A Cell Phone In Prison

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – United States Attorney Gretchen C. F. Shappert said that a federal jury handed down a guilty verdict against Michael Hendrickson 28, for possession of prison contraband on Wednesday, following a one-day trial.

“Contraband cell phones in correctional facilities create a security threat for correctional officers, others prisoners, and potential witnesses,” Shappert said. “Contraband phones can be used by inmates to conduct
criminal activities and threaten the well-being of persons housed in the facility and on the street.
Possession of these items is a federal offense.”

According to trial testimony, on March 14, 2018, a Bureau of Corrections Sargent conducted a routine pat-down of Hendrickson as he entered a restricted area within the Alexander Farrelly Justice Complex.

The officer identified a hard object concealed in the inmate’s clothing.

The officer removed the item and discovered that it was a cellular telephone. Cellular telephones are prohibited items in the Bureau of Corrections and inmates are forbidden from possessing them under federal law.

Two other Bureau of Corrections inmates, Gamba Potter, 33, and K’Moi Corraspe, 24, previously entered guilty pleas to the same charge of possessing cellular telephones while inmates at the Bureau of Corrections.

Potter entered his guilty plea on November 6, 2016, and Corraspe entered his guilty plea on October 31, 2018.

Each man faces a maximum sentence of one year imprisonment and a fine of up to $100,000.

The date for Hendrickson’s sentencing is scheduled for March 21, 2019.

Sentencing for Potter is set for December 20, 2018, and January 9, 2019 for Corraspe.

These cases were investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Virgin Islands Bureau of Corrections (BOC).

They are all being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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