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

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Man Arrested, Charged with Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

St. Thomas, USVI – Dwayne Fahie, 26, made his initial appearance in District Court today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller after his arrest for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Fahie was released after posting a $50,000 property bond.

On June 4, 2015, a federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment against Fahie, charging him with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and one count of Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm. According to the indictment, Fahie was found in possession of a firearm after he was convicted in the Superior Court of reckless endangerment. If convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon under federal law, Fahie faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. If convicted of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon under territorial law, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine. For Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Fahie faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

United States Attorney Sharpe reminds the public that an indictment is merely a formal charging document and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. This case is the result of a joint investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Virgin Islands Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo- protte.

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Updated June 26, 2015