Golden Grove inmate charged with stabbing another detainee
Published: October 5, 2013
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ST. CROIX - A detainee at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility with an extensive criminal record and history of mental illness made his initial court appearance Friday morning after being accused of stabbing another detainee Thursday.
Major Lee Womack appeared before Magistrate Miguel Camacho and was advised of his rights on charges of third-degree assault, possession of a dangerous weapon during the commission of a crime of violence and promoting dangerous prison contraband.
Camacho advised Womack that if he is tried and convicted, he could face more than 20 years additional time in prison.
According to a probable cause fact sheet filed by V.I. Police Officer Geraldine Bryan, police were called just before 8 a.m. Thursday after a Corrections officer reported that Womack had swung punches at another detainee in the facility's recreational center.
The officer said he then realized that Womack was armed at the time of the assault.
Womack was placed in lock-down while his cell was searched, and officers found a 3-inch gray folding knife on the top bunk in his cell, according to Bryan.
The 56-year old victim was stabbed in his right collarbone one time and received a deep laceration that required five sutures to close at Luis Hospital, according to the police report.
Womack has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2008 when he was 19 years old. His charges include assault, destruction of property, drug possession, robbery and unlawful entry.
He currently is being detained on three separate charges since being arrested in March 2012. In that incident, police said Womack, who is homeless, was seen forcing his way into an abandoned apartment in LBJ housing community and damaged one of the louvres.
Womack was charged with unlawful entry and destruction of property and remained jailed unable to post $500 bail.
On May 23, 2012, he was arrested at the prison on charges of aggravated assault and battery of a law enforcement officer after a Corrections officer reported that Womack assaulted him by punching him wildly. Bail was set at $1,000 in that matter.
Two months ago, Womack was arrested on a warrant in connection with an assault on another inmate that occurred May 16 at the jail, and he was charged with aggravated assault and battery.
Assistant Public Defender Nesha Christian Hendrickson told the court Friday that Womack had been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation in one of his previous cases and she did not know whether he was mentally proficient to understand the proceedings.
Camacho simplified the standard advice-of-rights procedure and spoke slowly to Womack, asking after each statement whether Womack understood, and the judge determined that he was able to understand.
Womack, nervously clanged his restraint chains together during most of the hearing and interrupted the magistrate on two separate occasions, first asking whether he could be transferred to another facility, then asking what the people of the Virgin Islands have against him.
Hendrickson said because Womack is being held on the other unrelated charges, she will file a motion for his release at a later date.
As Womack walked out of the courtroom he paused and said, "I'm in here six months for trespassing."
- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.