Julian Browne pleads guilty to shooting man outside his William's Delight home
Published: September 30, 2013
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ST. CROIX - More than two years after being arrested on charges that he shot another man in the elbow and thigh during an argument about a woman, Julian Browne has pleaded guilty in the case against him.
Browne, 26, of Sunny Acres appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks on Friday morning and accepted a plea deal from prosecutors.
He was arrested Aug. 8, 2011, after a series of escalating threats about a woman got to the point where police said he went to the man's home in William's Delight and opened fire on him, striking him twice.
He had been charged with third-degree assault and unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence and had pleaded not guilty and was headed to trial today until he accepted a plea offer.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Browne pleaded guilty to count one of the original information - third-degree assault - and in exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors dismissed the remaining gun charges.
According to a written statement by V.I. Police Detective Cureene Smith, Browne had confronted the victim at his workplace days before the shooting.
Browne later approached the woman about her relationship with the victim and told her he was going to do what he had to do but that he would not hurt her, according to Smith's affidavit. The threat was made just hours before the shooting, according to Smith.
When the victim arrived at his home about 11 p.m. Aug. 5, 2011, Browne was waiting to ambush him, according to police. The victim got out of his car and walked toward the house when Browne appeared and shot him twice before running off, the victim told police. The victim was taken to Luis Hospital in an ambulance, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to his left elbow and left thigh, Smith said.
Bail for Browne was set at $75,000 and he remains released on his previously set conditions of the court pending his sentencing hearing on Nov. 22.
Browne faces a maximum of five years in prison on the charge.
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