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St. Croix’s Amead Williams Faces Five Years In Prison And $250K Fine After Guilty Plea In Federal Court Today

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man admitted in federal court today that he had a gun and he wasn’t supposed to have one.

Amead Williams, 24, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm while under indictment, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C. F. Shappert said.

According to court documents, on September 11, 2018, Virgin Islands police and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence in Frederiksted.

During the search, police uncovered a .223 Kel Tec pistol with two attached loaded magazines, each containing 30 live rounds, and a 9mm firearm loaded with 13 rounds.

A firearm forensic analysis revealed that both firearms were operable.

Amead Williams admitted to law enforcement officers that the firearms belonged to him.

At the time of the search, Williams was subject to criminal charges pending in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

Williams faces up to five years of incarceration for the offense and a fine of up to $250,000.00.

A sentencing date has been scheduled for August 28, 2019.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

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

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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