ST. THOMAS, VI – V.I.
Superior Court Judge James Carroll III today sentenced Alan Archibald
to a term of life imprisonment for raping and impregnating a minor.
On April 7, Allen, 44, was convicted by a jury of second-degree aggravated rape and incest.
the sentencing hearing, Assistant Attorney General James Connor, Jr.
asked the court to sentence Archibald as a habitual offender, based on
Title 14 VIC § 61.
In his allocution, Connor told the court that Archibald now qualifies
as a habitual violent offender and outlined the defendant’s history of
review of the defendant’s history shows that in 1991, he was 19 and was
convicted of aggravated rape; the victim was 10 years old,” Connor
said. “On January 29, 2002, he was convicted of aggravated rape and
sentenced to eight years… The defendant has never once shown one bit of
remorse…The defendant rapes kids. He has been given chances, he has
been given leniency and it has not worked. There is only one way to
prevent him from doing it again… The people of the Virgin Islands are
recommending life imprisonment.”
The court also heard from the victim who begged the court not to impose a life sentence.
“He repeatedly did a crime,” she said, “I know he has to serve time, but I don’t think he deserves life.”
Social worker at the Department of Justice, Elma Brathwaite, disagreed with the victim’s plea for mercy.
honor,” she said in her statement to the court as a victim advocate, “I
just hope that you will not give this defendant another opportunity to
destroy more… lives because his history shows that he will not stop. He
should never be around children again…”
Robinson, a social worker in the Division of Family and Children
Services at the Department of Human Services, also addressed the court.
my professional opinion, Alan Archibald has indeed demonstrated he is a
habitual offender,” she said. “He is a threat to young teenage girls
and I think the court must send a strong message to Alan Archibald that
this behavior must stop because it seems he can’t stop himself.”
handing down his sentence, Carroll told Archibald that while he has
taken some responsibility, the court has no alternative but to hand down
the mandatory maximum sentence.
will, under the habitual offenders’ statute, sentence you to a term of
life imprisonment,” Carroll said. “You don’t just destroy a child
physically, but also psychologically. Victims of these types of sexual
crimes rarely can go on. People develop severe psychological
disturbances because of these types of crime.”
According to the evidence presented at trial, between 2010 and 2011, Archibald repeatedly raped and impregnated the girl. She was 13 at the time.
Archibald apologized to his family in open court.
family that sits in the court at this time, I see them as all victims
of this situation,” he said, as he turned to face his family members
seated in the gallery. “I’m here apologizing to my kids. I just wanted
to tell you all that I’m sorry.”
commenting on the outcome of the matter, Attorney General Claude Earl
Walker said, “The defendant is an unrepentant child molester who was
given many chances to redeem himself, but he refused to change, and so,
for the good of Virgin Islands society, he needs to be locked away for
life. This sentence should serve as a deterrence to those who believe that it is open season on our children.”
Archibald said he “should have been a better father in the past, but I wasn’t,” and added “the day will come when I will prove myself. My final words is I’m sorry and I hope you all can forgive me.”