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Judge Gives St. Croix Man 3.41 Years In Prison For Having A Gun While Under Federal Indictment

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was given 3.41 years in prison on Monday for being a person in possession of a firearm while under federal charges, authorities said.

Ameade Williams, 24, of St. Croix, was sentenced to 41 months of incarceration for possession of a firearm while under indictment, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Wilma Lewis also ordered Williams to pay a fine in the amount of $1,000.00, to supervised release for three years, and to pay a special assessment of $100.00.

On September 11, 2018, Virgin Islands police and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the Williams’ residence located at No. 4E Two Williams, Frederiksted, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

During the search, police uncovered a .223 Kel Tec pistol with two attached loaded magazines each containing 30 live rounds on a living room couch. They also uncovered a 9mm firearm loaded with 13 rounds.

Firearm analysis revealed that both firearms were operable. Williams admitted that the firearms belonged to him.

At the time of the search he was facing robbery, assault and firearm charges in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands in an unrelated matter.

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

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

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  1. afterwhilecrocodile
    September 13, 2019 at 12:38 PM — Reply

    How to ruin the rest of my life when faced with a federal RICO indictment as a member of the “Bogus Gang”?
    All gang members in the US Virgin Islands take notes and research RICO.

  2. afterwhilecrocodile
    September 13, 2019 at 12:51 PM — Reply

    How to ruin the rest of my life when faced with a federal indictment under RICO as a member of the “Bogus Gang”???
    As for all living gang members in the USVI take notes and research RICO…….
    I wouldn’t wish that on even my worst enemy…….
    Life as a gang member is not worth the risk!!!

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