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Department of Justice

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

For Immediate Release

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ronald W. Sharpe
, United States Attorney
Contact: AUSA Assigned to Case

St. Thomas Man Sentenced to 120 Months in Prison

St. Thomas, USVI – District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez sentenced today Tashimo Scatliffe, 33, to 120 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, United States Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced. Judge Gomez also ordered Scatliffe to pay a $100 special assessment and perform 400 hours of community service.

On October 20, 2015, Scatliffe pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on February 2, 2015, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) officers responded to a domestic disturbance at the Paul M. Pearson Housing Community on St. Thomas. Upon arrival, officers observed Scatliffe leaving the building where the call had originated. The complainant confirmed that Scatliffe was in possession of a firearm. Police searched the area and located a firearm and a spent casing. Analysis of these items verified that the spent casing had been fired from the recovered firearm. In addition, Scatliffe’s DNA was found on the firearm. Scatliffe is a convicted felon and therefore cannot legally possess a firearm in the Virgin Islands. He was previously convicted of felony offenses in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands.

“This is a great example of federal and local agencies sharing resources to combat violent gun crime and eradicate those who want to destroy our communities,” said Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Special Agent in Charge Carlos A. Canino. This case was investigated by the ATF and the VIPD. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

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