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Man Sentenced on Firearm Convictions

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced Joseph Roberts, Jr., to a total of 39 months in prison Wednesday, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe.

According to the news release, the 27-year-old Roberts was sentenced to 32 months for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and seven for possession of a firearm within a school zone. Gomez also sentenced Roberts to serve three years of supervised release.

Roberts was arrested Oct. 16 by V.I. Police Department officers after he was found in possession of a firearm in the area of the Julius E. Sprauve Elementary School on St. John.

Court records show that in August 2010, Roberts was convicted of unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and reckless endangerment. On Jan 26, he pled guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm within a school zone.

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

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