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Accused Hospital Ground Killer Gets 1.5 Years In Prison On Federal Drug Conviction: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man accused of a Hospital Ground murder two years ago was given 1.5 years in prison today for possessing narcotics, authorities said.

Aubrey Frett, 31, was sentenced for his conviction for possession of marijuana and crack cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. District Court Judge Robert Molloy, sentenced Frett to 18 months incarceration, three years supervised release, $1,000 fine, and ordered him to pay $200 as a special assessment.

According to the trial record, members of the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) were seeking to execute an arrest warrant on Frett when they spotted him under a car port in the area of Hospital Ground.

A chase ensued and officers noticed Frett discard an object over a fence.
A search of the area discovered a firearm linked to Frett.

Officers apprehended Frett and discovered baggies of marijuana and a vial containing crack cocaine.

On January 24, 2020, a St. Thomas federal jury convicted Frett of the marijuana and crack cocaine offenses.

Frett still faces charges in Superior Court in connection to the September 1, 2018 killing of 44-year-old Jerome Turnbull in Hospital Ground, St. Thomas.

A witness to the Labor Day shooting death of Turnbull related to police that Frett threatened his life at the crime scene and told him to “run fast and not to look back,” court records indicate.

The case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Everard Potter.

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