ST. THOMAS, V.I. – A 53-year-old woman who admitted to damaging a
man’s vehicle has been handed a one-year prison sentence.
Rivera of Est. Wintberg was arrested on a single charge of damaging a vehicle
stemming from an Aug. 14, 2016 incident, during which she slashed a tire on her
neighbor’s car and removed the front license plate. Rivera accepted a plea deal
proffered by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker and pleaded guilty to the
stood before V.I. Superior Court Judge Renée Gumbs Carty on Thursday for her
appears that you’re a menace to this society,” Gumbs Carty said as she chided
Rivera. “You can’t continue on this path of being irresponsible and doing
nothing with your life, but causing trouble. Your behavior has to stop. You
have no respect for the law,” she added, referring to Rivera’s lengthy criminal
record, which dates back to 2010 and includes such charges as burglary and
slightly from the terms of the plea agreement, which recommended a one-year suspended
prison sentence, Gumbs Carty handed down her punishment of one year with Rivera
serving nine months’ incarceration, being placed on three months of supervised
probation after her release from the Bureau of Corrections and paying court
fees, fines and restitution to the victim. During her three-month probation, Rivera
has to find a job and enter into a counseling program, Gumbs Carty further
probable cause fact sheet prepared by Officer Ingrid Bukle stated that while
the victim was inside his house taking a shower, he heard Rivera talking loudly
and cursing. From his bathroom window, he could see Rivera walking around his
vehicle several times. When the man later went outside to check his vehicle, he
saw that three of his tire valve caps were missing, his right front tire was
deflated and his front license plate was missing. When police arrived on the
scene after the man reported the incident, Rivera told them that she deflated
his tire and ripped off his front license plate because he was parked on her
property, Bukle wrote.
who was free on bail pending her sentencing was immediately taken into custody
to begin serving her prison term.
case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Stephanie Bowles.