Man unable to make bail charged for contraband

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ST. CROIX - A man who has been detained at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility since shortly after turning 18-years old, unable to post bail for the last four years in a case where he is accused to shooting and seriously injuring his 34-year old girlfriend, was arrested again over the weekend, this time charged with introducing contraband to the prison.

Jahzeel Fenton, appeared before Magistrate Jessica Gallivan Monday morning and was advised of his rights on the charge of promoting prison contraband.

According to the affidavit filed in support of the warrant for his arrest, the special gang intelligence task force inside the prison was conducting random searches on March 10 and went into Fenton's cell to conduct a search.

According to the affidavit, officers knocked and entered the cell which Fenton occupies alone and they announced that they were going to conduct a search.

Officers said when they entered the cell, the light was on and they moved Fenton aside for everyone's safety. The officer said they stripped Fenton's bed and found a homemade knife under his sheet, a partially smoked marijuana cigarette was found above the bed and a cellular phone and lighter were found hidden inside a light fixture in the cell.

Bail for Fenton was set at $10,000 and he remains jailed unable to post bail and because he is also being detained on the unrelated matter where he had been charged with first-degree assault and related charges.

In that incident police said in March 2010, Fenton - who was 17 - was having an argument with his adult girlfriend when he got angry and shot her in her back.

Police said when they arrived at a home in Estate Two Williams they found Fenton standing over a woman with a gunshot entry wound in her lower back and an exit wound in her stomach. He was screaming at the woman lying in the hallway, as her three children - 1, 2 and 4 years old, looked on in horror.

Police recovered a .357 revolver at the home.

That case has been assigned to V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks and is pending.

Fenton was arraigned on this most recent case Monday and pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. The case was assigned to V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy with calendar call set for November 5.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email

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