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Marcel Henderson sentenced to 71 Months in Prison for Receipt of a Firearm by a Felon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2014

St. Thomas, USVI –United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe stated that Marcel Henderson, 25, of St. Thomas was sentenced today in United States District Court to 71 months in prison for the illegal possession of firearms. Henderson, who is a convicted felon, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms. After serving his prison sentence, Henderson will be on Federal supervised release for 3 years. Henderson, who has been incarcerated since his arrest last December, was remanded to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

According to court records, on December 12, 2013, officers of Customs and Border Protection intercepted a package containing four firearms and 230 rounds of ammunition which hand been mailed to St. Thomas. Two of the firearms had obliterated serial numbers. Court records also show that the intended recipient of this package was Henderson. Further investigation revealed that Henderson was convicted in the Virgin Islands Superior Court on August 5, 2010 for attempted armed robbery for which he received a sentence of three years’ incarceration, with all suspended except four months. The defendant pled guilty on February 24, 2014.

The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS); Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF); U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD ). The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael A. Meyers, Jr.

 

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