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St. Thomas Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Firearm by Convicted Felon

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

St. Thomas, USVI – Tashimo Scatliffe, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in District Court on St. Thomas to Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Scatliffe has been detained since he was indicted in August.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 2, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers responded to the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community after receiving a complaint from Building 7 regarding a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, officers observed Scatliffe leaving Building 7, and were notified that Scatliffe had a firearm. Further investigation by the VIPD and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) resulted in the retrieval of a firearm and casing in the area, a determination that the casing was fired from the firearm, and the finding of Scatliffe’s DNA on the firearm. Prior to February 2, 2015, Scatliffe was convicted in the Superior Court of firstdegree assault-larceny.

Scatliffe faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for February 18, 2016.

This case is the result of a joint investigation by ATF and the VIPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

Updated February 4, 2016