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Man Pleads Guilty To Unlawful Mailing Of Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Virgin Islands

St. Croix, USVI – Vonne Bailey, 24, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in District Court on St. Croix to one count of Unlawful Mailing of a Firearm, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.

As part of his plea, Bailey admitted that on May 26, 2014, United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted a package, shipped from outside the Virgin Islands, containing a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol, a magazine, and a Smith and Wesson AR-15 lower receiver with an obliterated serial number. Federal agents traced the delivery to Bailey’s residence. Bailey admitted that he was responsible for and owned the package.

Bailey is facing a maximum sentence of two years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 6, 2015.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rhonda Williams-Henry and Rami Badawy.

Updated June 22, 2015