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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Virgin Islands

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Federal Jury Convicts Man of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon Who Brandished a Firearm Adjacent to a Local Business Following a Verbal Confrontation

St. Thomas, USVI- After a one day trial, a federal jury on Monday found Rehelio Trant, 39, of St. Thomas, guilty of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Gretchen C. F. Shappert announced.

Trant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2018.

According to the evidence presented at trial, on October 16, 2017, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) received a report from an individual that Trant brandished a firearm after a verbal confrontation with the individual adjacent to a local business. Trant had a prior conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and firearms are not manufactured in the Virgin Islands.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Virgin Islands Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Firearms Offenses
Updated April 18, 2018