Crucian twins get different prison terms for involvement in 2011 armed robbery
Published: September 27, 2013
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Twin brothers from St. Croix were given different prison sentences Tuesday for their participation in an armed robbery in 2011 on St. Croix.
Kareem Louis, 22, received twice the sentence - 22 years imprisonment - of his brother, Raheem Louis, also 22, who was sentenced to 11 years Tuesday in District Court.
A jury convicted Kareem Louis on Dec. 14 of carjacking; carrying a firearm during a crime of violence; robbery; unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Raheem Louis was convicted Dec. 19 of carjacking, robbery, and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The brothers were ordered to pay $150 in restitution to the victim.
On Aug. 19, 2011, the twins approached a woman in the Estate Richmond area, and Kareem Louis pointed a long-barreled gun at her head and demanded the keys to her car. They took the woman's keys, got in her 2010 blue Jeep Compass and then sped off.
Prosecutors said the men drove their younger siblings to the supermarket on three separate occasions in the stolen vehicle.
On the twins' third trip to the store, police apprehended Kareem Louis as he got out of the vehicle. Officers ordered him to stop, which he did briefly before running to the side of the store.
Police said they saw him reach into his waist and remove a handgun that later was found behind a Dumpster.
Raheem Louis, who was still in the Jeep Compass, sped off and led the police on a high-speed chase for several miles before he abandoned the vehicle in the bushes near Southside Road. He was then arrested.
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