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Man Pleads Guilty to Firearm Charge

Gregory Williams, Jr., 24, of St. Croix, pleaded guilty Friday in District Court to one count of illegal receipt of a firearm, according to U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe.

As part of his plea, Williams admitted that on January 30 he received a package containing one .40 caliber Smith and Wesson pistol with an obliterated serial number, according to Sharpe. Williams admitted that the package was his and that he knew it contained a firearm.

The package was mailed to St. Croix from Florida and was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Williams is facing a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for August 19.

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The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rami S. Badawy.