Board to consider parole for 39 V.I. inmates

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ST. CROIX - The Virgin Islands Parole Board is preparing to hold hearings next week where they will consider the release, parole revocation or continued incarceration of more than three dozen inmates serving sentences for violent crimes, including murder and rape.

Darien Wheatley, Parole Board coordinator, said in a release this week that the hearings will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility beginning June 2 through June 5.

On the list of 39 inmates to be considered for parole are a number of inmates who had previously appeared before the board but had been denied.

Nathaniel Hazel, a convicted murderer who was pulled from the hearing list in December is now scheduled to appear again.

Other inmates coming up for parole for at least the third time include convicted murderers Lloyd Canegata; rapists Peter Bellot, Conrad Brooks and Hubert Rhymer.

The board will also hear a plea by Gregory Turbe who has served a portion of is 15-year sentence on a conviction for being a felon in possession of a firearm as a habitual offender.

While in prison, Turbe was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment; first-degree assault; and firearm charges following a shooting inside the prison in 2007, during which Turbe was accused of shooting four fellow inmates. Those inmates refused to cooperate with police in the investigation, and the prosecution was forced to dismiss the charges.

Among the list of people to be considered for the third time in a year are:

- DeShaune Harrigan, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the mid-day killing of Jason Caroll on May 23, 2000, on Main Street on St. Thomas.

- Marvin Dominguez, who was convicted of brutally killing his girlfriend, Ann Patricia Haumacher, at their Smithfield, Frederiksted, apartment in 1999 then burying her in the back yard.

The parole board is responsible for review hearings on inmates who have been serving prison sentences locally, as well as those who have been sentenced in the District Court by a federal judge.

Wheatley said the board is extending a public invitation for anyone who is interested in giving information about any of the inmates, or who wishes to testify at the hearing.

Anyone interested in providing information must submit written comments at least 24 hours before the hearing, expressing their desire to speak.

Because of the sensitive nature of some of the cases, or the nature of the victim-impact statements, the hearings create an atmosphere that should be protected, so the hearings have not been and are still not open to the public, but they are open to anyone who wants to testify, Wheatley said.

Anyone interested in submitting written comments or requests to testify can send then to Darien Wheatley, Parole Board Coordinator, V.I. Justice Department, 34-38 Kronprindsens Gade, GERS Complex, Second Floor, St. Thomas, V.I., 00802-5712. Comments and requests to testify also can be faxed to 774-9710. Contact Wheatley by phone at 774-5666.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email 2

Lyndon Fredericks Second-degree murder, gun possession

Jose Acevedo Grand larceny

Dillon Viera Attempted murder, weapon possession

Clint Estick First-degree assault, weapon possession

Jose Serrano Unlawful sexual contact

Gamba Potter Firearm possession

Conrad Brooks Aggravated rape

Thomas Freeland Second-degree murder

Tomasito Santiago Rape, first-degree assault

Peter Bellot Aggravated rape

June 3

Akimo Smith Second-degree robbery

Kitson Jarvis Burglary, robbery, assault

Pedro Carrillo Drug possession, parole revocation

Marvin Dominguez Second-degree murder

Adrian Santiago Second-degree murder

Nathaniel Hazell Second-degree murder

Eugene Monsanto Jr. Gun possession

Lloyd Canegata Second-degree murder

Jerome Felicien First-degree burglary

Jameel Burke First-degree assault

June 4

Jason Felix Gun possession

Sotero Sanes First-degree rape, burglary

Heskett John Second-degree murder, parole revocation

Amon Thomas Drug possession

Lorne Davis Second-degree murder, parole violation

Roger Edwards Aggravated rape

Hubert Rhymer Aggravated rape, kidnapping

June 5

Akeem Herbert First-degree assault

Asha Felix First-degree assault

Luis Rivera Attempted robbery

John Julian Gumbs Fraud

Nathaniel Thomas Drug possession

Deshaune Harrigan Second-degree murder

Julio Perez Second-degree murder

Jason Stephen First-degree assault

Gregory Turbe Gun possession

Wilfredo Diaz Manslaughter, assault

Raudette Christopher Third-degree assault

Ajani Brathwaite Gun possession

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