ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A 24-year-old man who pleaded guilty to a murder
in October 2015, was sentenced today to 20 years in prison by V.I. Superior
Court Judge Michael Dunston.Jibri K. Roberts of Bonne
Esperance was initially charged with 20 counts, including first-degree murder,
in relation to the shooting death of Rajkumarie Hendrickson. The incident occurred on Oct. 24, 2015,
outside the Jala Jala nightclub on Kronprindsens Gade. Roberts accepted the terms of a
closed plea agreement proffered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker and
pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.
The remaining counts against him were dismissed.
In his sentencing, Judge Dunston allowed
Roberts to receive credit for the 278 days he has already served and ordered
him to pay restitution to the victim’s husband.
Judge Dunston also said he will recommend to the Bureau of Corrections
that Roberts be afforded all the educational opportunities and vocational
training that are available.
AG Walker, in commenting on the
outcome of the matter, said, “Unfortunately, we continue to witness this
senseless loss of life in the Territory, and in this case, a man lost his wife
permanently to violence.”