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Man Faces Five Firearm Charges in District Court

Levi Registe was arrested Wednesday on an indictment charging him with two federal firearms offenses and three territorial firearms offenses, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

Registe, a 26-year-old St. Thomas man, was detained following his initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on the federal charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, and the territorial charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of an unlicensed firearm, and possession of body armor by a person convicted of a crime of violence.

His detention hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

According to the indictment, on Dec. 16 Registe possessed a SKS rifle, a shotgun, and a bulletproof vest. Registe had previously been convicted in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands for assault in the first degree and is not licensed to possess any of the firearms in the Virgin Islands.

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Under federal law, possession of a firearm or ammunition by a convicted felon carries a sentence of not more than 10 years and a $250,000 fine. Under territorial law, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon carries a minimum sentence of 20 years and a $50,000 fine; possession of an unlicensed firearm carries a minimum sentence of 10 years and a minimum fine of $10,000, and possession of body armor by a person convicted of a crime of violence carries a maximum sentence of three years.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the V.I. Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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