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Federal Judge Revokes Supervised Release For Rasheem Morton … He Gets 6 Months Home Detention

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — At a supervised release revocation hearing today, Rasheem Morton, 41, was found to have violated the terms and conditions of his supervised release, United States Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Morton was placed on supervised release in May 2019, after he completed his 32-month prison sentence for money laundering conspiracy, according to Shappert.

At today’s hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Robert A. Molloy found that Morton violated the terms of his supervised by testing positive for a controlled substance on five separate occasions.

Morton also traveled outside of the judicial district without obtaining permission from his probation officer and failed to report to his probation officer that law enforcement had apprehended him for speeding.

After making his findings, Judge Molloy revoked Morton’s term of supervised release and imposed a sentence of six months’ home detention, to be followed by an additional two-year term of supervised release.

Morton, of Florida, had served his time in prison for a money laundering conviction before he violated the terms of his supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He was arrested by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) in June of 2011 and charged with Reynarldo Rivera, Jr. in the shooting death of Kenrick A. Mason that occurred near Market Square East on December 26, 2001.

Rasheem Morton was a defendant in the St. Thomas federal trial that saw the conviction of Anguillian Drug Queenpin Nilda Morton.

Nilda Morton of Anguilla.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Payne represented the United States in today’s hearing.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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