Leroy Henry, Jr., 30, of St. Thomas, was sentenced in District Court on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Office of U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Virgin Islands Gretchen Shappert. Chief District Court Judge Molloy reportedly sentenced Henry to 33 months of imprisonment followed by two years of supervised release.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip reported that Leroy Henry, Jr., a convicted felon, possessed a hidden compartment in his blue Infiniti, where he maintained an unregistered firearm that he planned to use to exact revenge on his brother’s murderer. This information led to the FBI executing a search warrant on January 14, 2020. Federal agents searched Leroy Henry, Jr.’s car and reportedly located a fully loaded Glock 23 pistol, along with two magazines, in a hidden compartment underneath the vehicle’s center console cupholders.
FBI agents interviews Henry who acknowledged to the agents that he had previously
gotten the firearm from a friend. DNA samples collected from the gun were compared to a sample of Henry’s DNA. An FBI forensic examiner reportedly testified at the trial that a DNA analysis found it was nearly certain that Henry’s DNA was present on the Glock confiscated from his vehicle.
This case is part of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative. Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative that brings together federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement officials, prosecutors, and community leaders to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in a community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them.
For more information on the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods, please see https://www.justice.gov/psn.