St. Croix man gets probation for assaulting a woman while she held 9-month-old child


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ST. CROIX - A 32-year-old man arrested on charges that he assaulted a woman as she held her infant child was sentenced to probation in the case.

John Felicien Jr., 32, of Catherine's Rest appeared before V.I. Superior Court Judge Robert Molloy last week and was sentenced to a one-year prison sentence but had all of the prison time suspended and was put on one year of supervised probation.

The charges stem from Felicien's Nov. 18, 2012, arrest, in which he was charged with second-degree assault; third-degree assault; unauthorized possession of a firearm during a crime of violence; failure to report firearms brought into the Virgin Islands; and brandishing, exhibiting or using a deadly weapon. The charges were in connection with an incident that occurred in William's Delight three weeks before Felicien's arrest.

Police said a woman told officers she was sitting in a car in William's Delight having a conversation with a friend when Felicien drove up, walked up to her and took the 9-month-old baby she was holding from her.

She reported that she asked Felicien why he was behaving that way and told police he said, "That's what's going on," according to court documents.

The woman reported that Felicien then walked up to her male friend and pointed a black handgun at his head, according to the affidavit. It states that the woman told police that she and Felicien then got into a struggle and that the baby fell to the ground during the struggle.

The woman reported that Felicien then put his hands around her neck and began to strangle her and hit her with a gun on the left side of her back and she fell to the ground and passed out for some time, according to court documents.

Felicien had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was headed to trial until December, when he accepted a plea deal from prosecutors and was allowed to plead guilty to a single count of aggravated assault and battery.

In exchange, all other charges were dismissed.

In addition to the one year of supervised probation, Felicien must perform 50 hours of community service and complete an anger management program.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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