Amead Williams, a 24-year-old Frederiksted resident already awaiting criminal charges in V.I. Superior Court, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to possession of a firearm while under indictment, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.
According to court documents, on Sept. 11, 2018, officers from the V.I. Police Department and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a Frederiksted residence. During the search, police reportedly uncovered a .223 Kel Tec pistol with two attached loaded magazines, each containing 30 live rounds, and a 9 mm firearm loaded with 13 rounds. A firearm forensic analysis revealed that both firearms were operable.
Williams admitted to law enforcement officers that the firearms belonged to him. At the time of the search, Williams was subject to criminal charges pending in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, Shappert said.
Williams faces up to five years of incarceration for the offense and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing has been scheduled for August 28.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the VIPD. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews Jr.