STX Man Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting Possession of a Firearm
A’keem Stanley, a 24-year-old St. Croix resident, appeared before Judge George W. Cannon in the District Court pleading guilty to assisting an accused person, U.S. attorney Gretchen, with the charge of gun possession CF Shappert announced in a press release released on Thursday.
This offense carries a possible sentence of up to five years, a maximum penalty of $ 250,000, and a supervised release of up to three years. The sentencing is scheduled for June 18.
According to court records, Ameade Williams was charged with criminal offenses in the Virgin Islands Supreme Court on November 4, 2016. On May 23, 2018, the Supreme Court issued an order releasing Williams into the custody of A’keem Stanley, requiring them to reside at 4E Two Williams, Frederiksted, St. Croix. On May 25, 2018, Stanley signed a document confirming its consent and obligation to monitor Williams’ compliance with its release terms as custodian.
During a search of 4E Two Williams on September 11, 2018, while the charges against Williams were still pending, police seized a Kel-Tech pistol from the living room and a 9mm Taurus pistol in the bedroom where Stanley was found. The Kel-Tech rifle contained a magazine with 29 rounds of ammunition. According to court records, Williams present stated that the firearms were his and that no other person had anything to do with the firearms.
During a post-arrest interview, Stanley told police that he had made arrangements to take possession of 4E Two Williams and that two weeks earlier he had seen the firearms being brought into the residence. However, Stanley did not report Williams ‘possession of the gun to appropriate officials, so Williams’ possession went undetected by law enforcement. Both firearms were manufactured outside of the US Virgin Islands.
The case has been investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. US Assistant Attorney Daniel H. Huston is pursuing the case.