Chief District Court Judge Wilma A. Lewis on Thursday sentenced Vonne Bailey, 24, of St. Croix, to 12 months in prison for unlawful mailing of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced.
According to Sharpe, Lewis also sentenced Bailey to one year of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $1,000 fine.
Bailey pleaded guilty in April to unlawful mailing of a firearm. As part of his plea, Bailey admitted that in May 2014 he sent his sister to the post office to pick up a package. The package, shipped from outside the Virgin Islands, contained a Springfield Armory .40 caliber pistol, a magazine or ammunition storage device, and a Smith and Wesson AR-15 lower receiver with an obliterated serial number.
Bailey claimed ownership and responsibility for the package.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rami S. Badawy and Rhonda Williams-Henry.