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USVI man facing 10 years, $250,000 fine for firearm possession

October 26th, 2016 | Tags: Karim Woodley prison firearm possession fine
If convicted, karim Woodley faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine on the felon in possession and possession near school counts. He also faces a ten year sentence on the unauthorised possession charge and a $15,000.00 fine. Photo: VIC
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FREDERIKSTED, St Croix, USVI- Karim Woodley, 39, of St Croix, US Virgin Islands (USVI), was arraigned on October 25, 2016 before U.S. Magistrate Judge George W. Cannon after being charged in a three-count information with possession of a firearm by felon, possession of a firearm near a school and unauthorised firearm possession, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

Judge Cannon ordered the defendant on release pending trial.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $250,000.00 fine on the felon in possession and possession near school counts. He also faces a ten year sentence on the unauthorised possession charge and a $15,000.00 fine.

According to court records, the charges stem from a Gang initiative conducted by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Department of Homeland Security (HSI) last December. Agents searched Woodley and discovered an unlicensed firearm on his person.

The case was investigated by the VIPD and HSI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.

United States Attorney Sharpe emphasized that an information is merely a formal charging document and not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

4 Responses to “USVI man facing 10 years, $250,000 fine for firearm possession”

  • Xxx (26/10/2016, 16:35) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    More of the same!
  • US Citizen (26/10/2016, 20:54) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I thought firearms were legal in the United States, and that is guaranteed and protected by the constitution.
    Of course there are some reasonable laws and restrictions in certain cases. But from reading these articles
    about the USVI, I really wonder if the USVI is part of the USA or is a satellite community of the USSR.
    People who don't want other people to bear arms, are usually themselves up to no good.
    • Read and understand (27/10/2016, 08:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      The person charged is a convicted felon. It is illegal for a convicted felon to bear arms.

      Even so, a US Citizen can't just go and get a gun because they feel like it. They have to get a permit before doing so. Where do you live? Under a rock?
      • shame.... (27/10/2016, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Read and understand - To add to that, in most states you don't need a permit to own a firearm but you have to pass a background check. However, you would have to apply for a CCL to carry it in public depending on the state's concealed carry laws.


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