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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of the Virgin Islands

For Immediate Release

Monday, August 31, 2015
Ronald W. Sharpe
, United States Attorney

Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charges

St. Thomas, USVI – D’mari Heyliger, 23, pleaded guilty today in District Court on St. Thomas to Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number and Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2016.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on December 20, 2013, a federal search warrant was executed on Heyliger’s residence and two firearms were located in his bedroom. Both firearms had obliterated serial numbers, and Heyliger is not authorized to possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. Heyliger faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for Possession of a Firearm with an Obliterated Serial Number, and five years in prison and a $15,000 fine for Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).   It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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