Shakieme S. Freeman, 24, of St. Thomas, was arraigned Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm, Acting U.S. Attorney Joycelyn Hewlett announced.
After a detention hearing Wednesday, Miller released Freeman to two third-party custodians on a $25,000 unsecured bond and placed him on home detention with electronic monitoring pending further proceedings.
According to the complaint, police were patrolling the Thomasville Housing Community on Feb. 16 when they came into contact with Freeman and discovered him to be armed with a loaded Glock pistol.
If convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm, Freeman faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case is the result of investigative work by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.