Category: U.S. Department of Justice

Cape Air Employee Faces 40 Years In Prison After Guilty Plea To Smuggling Nearly Nine Pounds of Cocaine At St. Thomas Airport

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Cape Air employee admitted in federal court on Monday to trying to move at least eight pounds of cocaine through the St. Thomas airport. Wayne Fahie, 31, of St. Thomas, pleaded guilty in U.S District Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, and one count of […]

South Carolina Man Allegedly Mailed Guns To An Associate In St. Thomas: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A South Carolina man was arraigned Wednesday on federal charges that he allegedly sent guns to an associate here through the mail. Steven Baxter, 31, heard the charges against him in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas that he had sent firearms through the mail, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said. Baxter, who […]

Federal Jury on St. Thomas Convicts Three Men of Hobbs Act Robbery and Related Gun Charges

GUILTY: RON DELANO KUNTZ OF ESTATE TUTU [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – After a two-day trial, yesterday a federal jury found Ron Delano Kuntz, 42, Keon Wilson, 22, and Shawn McIntosh, 24, guilty of Hobbs Act Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Hobbs Act Robbery, and Brandishing a Firearm During a Crime of Violence, […]

Judge Gives Junior Felix Three Years In Prison For Planning Shotgun Robbery of McDonald’s … He’ll Be Out When He’s 25

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Dominican Republic national was sentenced today to three years in prison for his role in the shotgun robbery of the McDonald’s restaurant at Lockhart Gardens last year. Junior Feliz, 22, was given 36 months in jail for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery, U.S. Attorney Gretchen […]

St. Thomas Man Arrested For Having SKS Rifle and Bullet-Proof Vest: USAO

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A St. Thomas man was arrested today on an indictment charging him with two federal firearms offenses and three territorial firearms offenses, authorities said. Levi Registe, 26,  made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on the federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of […]

Male Plaskett Employee Will Spend Two Years In Prison For Admitting To Circulating Topless Photo of Delegate

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] WASHINGTON — Former employees of Del. Stacey Plaskett pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to distributing lewd images of the Virgin Islands congresswoman and her husband. The Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that Juan McCullum and Dorene Browne-Louis pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court for the District of […]

Seventh Circuit Court Says Residents of U.S. Territories Can’t Vote Absentee For President Per Former Residence on Mainland

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHICAGO — Residents of the Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico have no right to vote absentee in their former state of residence, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled late Thursday, even though residents of the Northern Mariana Islands and some in American Samoa are granted that privilege. […]

Police Taking A ‘Broken Windows’ Approach To Crime, Now That Puerto Rico Records 46 Murders This Month

[ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] SAN JUAN — Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month — double the number at the same point last year. The plan […]

Golf Club-Wielding St. Croix Man Uriah Gaston Disarmed By Two NPS Park Rangers Near Fort Christiansvaern

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix man was arrested for threatening to kill National Park Service rangers, trying to avoid capture by swimming to a sailboat, and clinging to its dinghy while the owner rowed to officers waiting on shore, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Uriah “Kunta” Gaston, 35, of Estate Strawberry, was […]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints Gretchen Shappert U.S. Attorney for Virgin Islands … She Starts Tomorrow

REPLACES HEWLETT: Gretchen C.F. Shappert is the new acting U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands. [ad name=”HTML-68″] [wpedon id=”23995″ align=”left”] CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Gretchen C.F. Shappert as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a […]