St. Thomas man gets almost 6 years in prison for having guns, ammunition sent to him through the postal service

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ST. THOMAS - A federal judge sentenced a man to almost six years in prison after he had four guns and 230 rounds of ammunition sent to him through the U.S. Postal Service in December.

District Judge Curtis Gomez sentenced Marcel Henderson, 25, to 71 months in prison for illegal possession of firearms. Henderson, a convicted felon from St. Thomas, is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms.

After serving his prison sentence, Henderson will be on federal supervised release for three years. Henderson, who has been incarcerated since his arrest last December, was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

According to court records, Customs and Border Protection officers intercepted a package containing the firearms, two of which had obliterated serial numbers, and ammunition during a routine inspection on Dec. 12, 2013. The package was addressed to Henderson.

Henderson was convicted of attempted armed robbery in V.I. Superior Court on Aug. 5, 2010, after which he served a sentence of three years incarceration, though all but four months of the sentence was suspended.

Henderson pleaded guilty to the federal charges on Feb. 24.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the V.I. Police Department investigated the case.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ishmael Meyers Jr.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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