ST. THOMAS — Two 17-calendar year-olds face the probability of everyday living in jail with out parole following a deadly daylight robbery that happened in December 2021.
Akenda Weeks and Jahmar Lewis experience a complete of 28 rates each, including 1st-degree murder, attempted 1st-degree murder, kidnapping for the needs of robbery, grand larceny and reckless endangerment. The offenses of 1st-degree murder and kidnapping for the purpose of theft every have achievable life sentences.
Months and Lewis are between four people billed for the armed robbery which transpired at the Glitter’s jewellery retail outlet in Havensight Shopping mall on Saturday, December 04. The incident, which took location at close to 11:00 a.m. left two people today critically wounded. One of the victims, 56-12 months-outdated Gregorianna Julien finally succumbed to her accidents months afterwards.
The 9-web page possible bring about reality sheet reveals that law enforcement reviewed surveillance footage of a black Honda Odyssey getting into the procuring center and coming to a quit in close proximity to the jewelry store, angled towards the exit. 3 masked guys were being then witnessed exiting the motor vehicle, two with guns in hand. The 1st suspect, later recognized as Micaiah Cozier carried a handgun, when yet another suspect identified as Jahmar Lewis carried a prolonged gun. A 3rd, unnamed suspect was shown carrying a bag, even though Akenda Months was later on decided to be the driver who remained in the auto.
According to the probable cause point sheet, the 3 males had been found speedily operating into the jewellery store and pulling the now deceased Julien back inside of towards her will. Julien, who was reportedly procuring at the time was leaving the shop when the guys entered. The males have been noticed exiting the retail store and working back into the van seconds later. Court docket files reveal that Lewis turned all around to fire again into the retailer, discharging a number of rounds right before the auto sped off. As portion of investigations, police discovered that the suspects took jewelry valued at above $18,000 throughout the robbery.
Police afterwards situated the getaway auto unoccupied and with the motor operating in the driveway of an abandoned making in Frenchman’s Bay. Subsequent investigations unveiled that the auto was a rental that had been claimed stolen on November 24th, 2021. Law enforcement also discovered that the car or truck was formerly rented to Akenda Weeks in September. The VIPD was later educated that the suspects had switched getaway autos and this tip led them in the path of one of the other suspects. 3 of the 4 suspects have been also identified by using the surveillance footage.
Investigations into the shocking criminal offense determined that the four individuals — just one grownup and 3 minors — experienced been arranging the theft for about a thirty day period. It was discovered that the unnamed suspect and Months stole the minivan in November to use in the fee of the deadly criminal offense. Police also learned that Months had been to the shop several times in the thirty day period top up to the theft and had positioned jewellery on layaway. According to the point sheet, the unnamed suspect afterwards admitted to carrying the bag employed to collect the stolen loot which the 4 afterwards break up among the themselves, promoting some on the road.
Whilst the 4 ended up at first slapped with armed robbery fees on December 17th, 2021, the matter grew to become a felony murder case right after Julien succumbed on January 2nd, 2022. At a court docket listening to on Wednesday, Brenda Scales requested that bail for Lewis and Weeks continue being as established in the volume of $1 million. The Assistant V.I. Lawyer General argued that the defendants are flight hazards as they facial area the rest of their life in jail. Even so, attorney Andy Johnson who appeared on behalf of the minors insisted that the figure was “inherently too much.” Johnson asserted that if a proverbial hat was handed all-around to absolutely everyone listening in on the hearing, it would not come close to giving a million pounds. He went even further to counsel that this kind of a figure sends the concept that a loaded defendant can bond out when a lousy one particular simply cannot.
Although Scales doubled down on her ask for for a million-dollar bail, Choose Paula Norkaitis sooner or later decreased the figure to $500,000 each and every, with no 10 percent provision. The choose affirmed that no third-bash custodian would be suited ample to mitigate the severe threat the minors pose to the local community. As such, if Months and Lewis safe launch, they will just about every be placed on 24/7 household arrest with electronic monitoring. Equally defendants are strictly prohibited from owning any type of get hold of with co-defendants, witnesses and the surviving sufferer in the subject. They will subsequent look in courtroom on March 18th.