ST. THOMAS, V.I. - A man who was being held on suspicion of sexually
assaulting a woman a little more than two years ago confessed to the crime on
jury was already seated to hear the case and the trial was about to begin when
Kenrick Smith reached a plea agreement with the prosecution.
“We made it
clear that we were going to go forward with the trial because our prosecutors
are most serious about going forward with sexual assault cases, in part,
because the people of the Virgin Islands are tired of these attacks on women in
our community,” Attorney General Claude Earl Walker said.
accordance with the plea deal, Smith, 53, of Est. Nazareth admitted guilt by
entering a guilty plea to a single count of third-degree assault in connection
with the Jan. 14, 2015 incident. At
sentencing during allocution, the prosecution will recommend that Smith be
sentenced to a five-year prison term.
Superior Court Judge Michael Dunston accepted the guilty plea and has set Apr.
19 as the date for Smith’s sentencing.
arrested Smith on Jan. 28, 2015 after the victim positively identified him as
the man who sexually assaulted her, according to a probable cause fact sheet
filed by Det. Nigel James.
case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Eugene James Connor, Jr.