Shemar G. Webster, a St. Thomas resident, appeared before U.S. Trial Judge Ruth Miller in District Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to the charge of interfering with a business by threats or violence. and using or carrying a firearm in a violent crime. He faces life in federal prison, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney in the Virgin Islands Gretchen Shappert. A sentencing date had not yet been set as of Thursday.
According to court documents, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, a white Suzuki Vitara arrived at the Gems & Gold Corner jewelry store area located on the waterfront near Veteran’s Drive, St. Thomas, Webster and a co-defendant allegedly left the white Suzuki Vitara with guns and walked into the Gems & Gold Corner jewelry store. According to the plea, Webster brandished the gun he possessed and threatened the jewelry store employees and others. Webster allegedly physically assaulted the owner of the jewelry store with the gun, striking the owner’s head. Webster and a co-defendant smashed jewelry display cases and took jewelry from the store. They then retreated from the jewelry store, got back into the white Suzuki Vitara and were driven from the area.