A year and a half after robbing a poker game and shooting a V.I. National Park employee, Michael Stanislas was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week.
Stanislas, a 28-year-old St. Thomas resident, was sentenced on Tuesday, May 5, by V.I. Superior Court Judge Leon Kendall to 15 years for first-degree attempted murder, five years for first-degree assault, 15 years for possession of a dangerous weapon, seven years each for five counts of first-degree robbery and an additional seven years for first-degree attempted robbery, according to a published report. He was also fined $5,000 for the weapons charge.
Since Stanislas will serve all of those jail terms concurrently, he’ll spend 15 years behind bars.
The Estate Nadir man was one of two gunmen who broke up a poker game in Estate Enighed on December 28, 2007. After one of the gunmen opened fire, hitting a player in the head, shoulder and hand, another poker player pulled out his licensed gun and returned fire, according to V.I. Police Department reports.
Stanislas, who suffered gunshot wounds to the groin, buttocks and shoulder, was found bleeding in the area. He was treated at R.L. Schneider Hospital and was arrested upon his release. Police officials have yet to identify the second gunman.