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Federal Grand Jury Indicts St. Croix Resident on Multiple Firearm Violations

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A St. Croix man, Ambrose Daniel, aged 44, faces serious allegations following a federal grand jury indictment for various firearm violations, as announced by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Daniel was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge Emile A. Henderson III for arraignment after the indictment, which includes charges of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition and unlawful possession of a machine gun.

The legal actions against Daniel originated from a May 10, 2019, raid on his residence in the All for the Better neighborhood of St. Croix. Federal authorities confiscated a Glock Model 21, .45 caliber pistol, 48 rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, and a conversion device that could modify the pistol into a fully automatic weapon.

Daniel’s criminal history includes a 1997 felony conviction for third-degree assault in the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, which bars him from legally owning firearms.

The potential consequences for these charges could be severe, with Daniel facing up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The sentencing will be at the discretion of a federal district court judge, based on the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory considerations.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Police Department, is handling the investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Daniel H. Huston is leading the prosecution.

This case is a component of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative, a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing violent crime and enhancing safety in communities across the United States. More details on this initiative can be found on the Department of Justice’s website.

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