Jury Convicts St. Croix Man on Attempted Murder Charges
St. Croix, USVI B On November 15, 2016, after a five-day trial, a federal jury on St. Croix convicted Daniel Carino, 34, of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, of possession of a firearm during a violent crime, attempted murder and assault third degree, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced today.
Evidence presented at trial established that on December 19, 2015, Carino encountered the victim at the Concordia garbage bin site in Frederiksted, St. Croix. An argument ensued during which Carino drew a firearm and shot the victim in the chest. Though shot, the victim wrestled the firearm away from Carino who then ran into his vehicle and drove away. Later that evening, the victim selected Carino from a photo array while at the emergency room. Police apprehended Carino at a festival event that night.
Carino faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years on the firearm possession charge and a maximum of life imprisonment, plus a maximum fine of $250,000. He also faces maximum sentences of 25 years and 5 years on the attempted murder and assault conviction, along with a fine of $500 to $3,000 on the assault conviction. A sentencing date has been set for March 16, 2016. Carino remains detained pending sentencing.
The case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews, Jr.