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New bills, coupled with a pair of executive orders, are meant to support efforts by the V.I. Police Department to cut gun violence, Government House announced.
The V.I. Police Department is investigating two homicides that occurred in separate incidents on St. Thomas Tuesday. The deaths were the first two homicides on St. Thomas since the beginning of the year, the 12th and 13th in the territory.
Tarik Babrow, a 23-year-old from Hospital Ground, turned himself in to the V.I. Police Department Monday after learning that he was wanted on charges stemming from a March 2 shooting incident on Veterans Drive in Charlotte Amalie.
A second victim from a shooting that took place Feb. 27 at the Corner Pocket Grillhouse and Nightclub in Estate La Reine on St. Croix died Saturday of his injuries incurred during the incident.
Appearing before Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller in District Court, Akeem Julien, 25, of St. Thomas, entered a guilty plea to the charge of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number.
District Court Chief Judge Wilma Lewis sentenced Delroy Thomas, 30, of St. Croix, to a total of 15 years for in a murder-for-hire plot and witness retaliation, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced Thursday.
Another shooting victim, the sixth since Friday morning, died Tuesday on St. Croix., according to the V.I. Police Department. The victim was identified as 38-year-old Ian Benjamin Sr.
With five dead and 13 injured from gunfire on St. Croix within the previous three days, Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. on Monday put the onus on the community to start turning the perpetrators in.
The search continued Friday for 80-year-old Michael “DoDor” Emmanuel, who was reported missing Feb. 19 from the Canebrake Apartments in Frederiksted.
Two inmates at the Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility on St. Croix were arrested on Tuesday and charged with attempting to kill two fellow inmates, the V.I. Police Department reported.