St. Croix Man Previously Convicted of a Felony Sentenced to 56 months in Federal Prison on Firearm Charge

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St. Croix, USVI – U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced today that Lionel Woodley, 36, of St. Croix, appeared before Judge Wilma A. Lewis, in U.S. District Court and was sentenced on the charge of Felon in Possession of Firearm.

Judge Lewis sentenced Woodley to a 56-month prison term, to be followed by 3 years of supervised release, a fine of $1,000, and a $100 special assessment.

According to court documents, on March 17, 2019, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers stopped the vehicle driven by Woodley at around 11:30 p.m. for failing to observe a stop sign and passing on a double yellow line. During the traffic stop, VIPD officers noticed the odor of marijuana emanating from Woodley’s vehicle. The officers searched the vehicle and located a revolver in the center console, a bag on the front seat containing approximately 20 grams of marijuana, approximately 7 grams of cocaine, along with $105.00, and a scale.  Police also found and seized $701 on Woodley’s person.  Woodley did not have a license to possess the firearm and had previously been convicted of the felony offense of Attempted Robbery Second Degree by the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

The Virgin Islands Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel H. Huston prosecuted the case.

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.

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