District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez on Thursday sentenced 33-year-old Tashimo Scatliffe to 120 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
Gomez also ordered Scatliffe to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 400 hours of community service.
On Oct. 20, Scatliffe pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on Feb. 2, 2015, V.I. Police Department officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community on St. Thomas.
Upon arrival, officers saw Scatliffe leaving the building from which the call had originated. The complainant confirmed that Scatliffe was in possession of a firearm.
Police searched the area and located a firearm and a spent casing. Analysis of these items verified that the spent casing had been fired from the recovered firearm. In addition, Scatliffe’s DNA was found on the firearm.
Scatliffe is a convicted felon and therefore cannot legally possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. He was previously convicted of felony offenses in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.
“This is a great example of federal and local agencies sharing resources to combat violent gun crime and eradicate those who want to destroy our communities,” said Carlos A. Canino, special agent in charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
This case was investigated by the ATF and the VIPD. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.