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Scatliffe Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Tashimo Scatliffe, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.

Scatliffe has been detained since he was indicted in August.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on Feb. 2, V.I. Police Department officers responded to the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community after receiving a complaint from Building 7 regarding a domestic disturbance.

Arriving at the scene, officers saw Scatliffe leaving Building 7, and were notified that Scatliffe had a firearm. Further investigation by the VIPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives resulted in the retrieval of a firearm and casing in the area, a determination that the casing was fired from the firearm, and the finding of Scatliffe’s DNA on the firearm, Sharpe reported.

Prior to Feb. 2, Scatliffe had been convicted in the Superior Court of first-degree assault/larceny.

Scatliffe faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 18.

The case is the result of a joint investigation by ATF and the VIPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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