THOMAS, V.I. – V.I. Superior Court Judge James Carroll III on Friday
sentenced Desi Henry to one year in prison for possession of a firearm.
Henry, 22, of Anna’s Retreat who accepted a
plea agreement, pleaded guilty to the April 17, 2013 crime. According to the
terms of the plea deal, the prosecutor and public defender recommended that in
exchange for the plea of guilt, Henry be sentenced to two years in prison to
run concurrently with a 40-month federal prison sentence he is already serving
and be given credit for time served.
Addressing the court via teleconference,
Henry said he was a changed man.
“I did my time, I rehabilitated,” he said.
“When I get out, I want to go to college and take care of my family.”
Carroll accepted Henry’s guilty plea and
handed down his judgment, sentencing him to one year behind bars to be served simultaneously
with his federal prison term.
Court documents show that on the day Henry
was arrested, members of the Special Operations Bureau were conducting an
inspection of Anna’s Retreat in the area commonly referred to as “The Turf.”
Henry was sitting on a chair behind of a white truck when one of the officers
saw him reach into his waist band and discard a firearm under the truck.
Officers retrieved the gun and a check of
the records of the Firearms Register revealed that Henry was not a licensed gun
owner, according to court records.
In a separate and unrelated matter, Henry
and another man were found in possession of three firearms that were discovered
after a traffic stop on Veteran’s Drive. That incident occurred on Sept. 24,
Henry appeared before District Court Judge
Curtis Gomez on Dec. 8, 2014 and pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with
an obliterated serial number and possession of an unlicensed firearm. Having
pleaded guilty to that crime, he was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison.