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29-year-old Ashan Westcott, a BVI citizen, was sentenced to 10 months in prison, followed by a one-year term of supervised release in the US Virgin Islands on Thursday, October 10, in relation to the charge of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. Westcott had previously pleaded guilty before District Judge Curtis Gomez.
It was explained that on March 2, the Virgin Islands Police Department (“VIPD”) responded to a motorcycle and vehicle accident on Turpentine Run Road, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Westcott, who was injured in the accident, was identified as the driver of the motorcycle.
In response to an EMT’s request to locate the defendant’s ID, a VIPD officer looked in a backpack Westcott had been wearing at the time of the accident. While looking for the ID, the officer found a loaded Glock model 23, .40 caliber handgun.
The USVI authority noted that Westcott is a citizen of the British Virgin Islands, and has a passport issued by the United Kingdom.
“Westcott is not a citizen or national of the United States and, when found on March 2, 2019, had not applied for status in the United States,” the US Attorney’s Office stated.
It was further mentioned that this case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.