9-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Shot in Head in Croixville Housing Community; Police Detain 15-Year-Old

Concerned Residents Clean Christiansted Town Using Their Own Tools, Money, and Some Help from the VI Fire Service

Territory May See Veterans Cemetery Through DeGazon-Sponsored Bill

Credit and Debit Cards of WAPA Customers Were Compromised Since August 30th, WAPA Says, Authority to Finally Start Issuing Notification Via Mail and Email

Sports Tourism in VI Gains Momentum as DC United Team is set to Play Exhibition Soccer Game on St. Croix

Carnival Breeze Brings 3,700 Tourists to St. Croix During Maiden Call; Senators, Tourism Officials Want to See More

Limetree Bay Willing To Provide $10 Million To Help Add Life to a Dying G.E.R.S.

American Airlines to Serve St. Croix With New Flights Next Summer

The Sudden Death of Influential Roots Reggae Visionary, Vaughn Benjamin of Midnite Band and Akae Beka, Has Rocked the Virgin Islands and Reggae Community Around the World

Arthur A. Richards K-8 School Hosts Anti-Bullying Campaign

Come Out. Hang Out. Have Fun at The Meat Up, One of St. Thomas’ Latest Hot-Spot for Good Food with Friends and Family.

UVI Board of Trustees Approves $47.1 Million Fiscal Year 2020 Budget; Sets $3 Million Fundraising Goal

Man Dies During Early Morning Car Accident on St. Croix; Driver of Car Arrested (Updated)

'You Did Everything You Could to Prevent this from Happening': An Emotional Goodbye to Young Aaron Benjamin

Back in Business: Cost U Less on St. Thomas Opened its Doors Friday to Thousands of Customers 2 Years after Irma and Maria

Bill Aimed at Regulating Credit Use by Gov't Departments and Agencies Among Others Held in Committee

Juan Luis Hospital Announces Completion and Availability of Mobile Dialysis Facilities

Tractor Trailer With Tank Carrying Thousands Of Gallons of Liquified Gas Flips Near Cool Out Bar; Driver Injured But Alive

Credit and Debit Card Hack Through WAPA Appears to be Widespread in Virgin Islands; WAPA Says Support Services Will be Made Available to Affected Customers

Facing Life in Prison Without Parole, Mother and Boyfriend Plead Not Guilty in Murder of 4-Year-Old Boy

Suspect In 2018 Festival Village Murder Found Guilty; Sentencing Set For Sept. 6

Crime / News / Virgin Islands / July 27, 2019

ST. CROIX — Jurors empaneled for the murder trial of Angel Parrilla, Jr., were not convinced by his claim of self-defense and convicted him of murder, assault and weapons charges in connection with last year’s killing during the Frederiksted Festival activities, the V.I. Department of Justice said Friday.

Following four days of testimony, the three men and nine women of the jury returned a unanimous verdict Thursday finding Parrilla, 23, of the Walter I.M. Hodge Housing Community, guilty of one count each of second-degree murder, unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, first-degree assault, possession of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment and discharging or aiming a firearm, stemming from the Jan. 6, 2018, shooting death of Curtis Phipps.  Parrilla, who was granted pre-trial release into the charge of a third-party custodian and was placed under house arrest with electronic monitoring, was remanded into custody immediately after the jury announced its verdict. 

Angel Parrilla, Jr. (Credit: VIPD)

In commenting on the outcome of the trial, Attorney General Denise George said, “I am pleased with the results.  Justice has been served and I commend Assistant Attorneys General Eric Chancellor and Vanessa Hewitt-Quinland for their excellent performance.”

At trial, the prosecution team of Assistant Attorneys General Chancellor and Quinland relied on the testimony of ten witnesses, including one eyewitness, to help prove its case.  That eyewitness came forward a day after the shooting and identified Parrilla aka Cheeze as the shooting suspect, according to a probable cause fact sheet filed by Det. Sgt. Frankie Ortiz.  

According to Det. Sgt. Ortiz, the eyewitness was at the Festival Village at the gambling table when a slim, Black man with a pointy nose, a long braid at the back of his head and braids tied on top of his head, and who was wearing a black colored shirt and short pants, walked towards another Black man who was gambling.  The two men were arguing when the man with the pointed nose lifted his shirt and showed the other man that he had a gun tucked into his waist.  The two began wrestling for the gun, which fell to the ground.  The man wearing the colored shirt picked up the gun, the other man lunged at him and they continued to wrestle for the weapon.  The man wearing the black colored shirt punched the other man in the face and he staggered.  Then, the man dressed in the black colored shirt aimed the gun and shot the other man, causing him to fall to the ground.  The man wearing the black colored shirt approached the other man who was still on the ground and fired several more shots.  The shooter then ran away from the area while attempting to conceal the gun inside his waistband.  At the time of the shooting, the festival village was crowded with children and adults.

Parrilla also gave a statement to police.  In his version of events, Parrilla said he was at the festival village and on more than one occasion, he went to the gambling table.  He stood next to an individual who began looking at him and for no apparent reason, the individual grabbed on to him and they began to wrestle.  During the tussle, a gun fell to the ground near them, Parrilla picked up the gun and used it to shoot the individual.  Once it was done, Parrilla went home to sleep.  After the shooting, Phipps was transported via ambulance to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.  An autopsy on Phipps’ body revealed that he died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the back, which struck both lungs.  Parrilla was immediately taken into custody and charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count each of unauthorized possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime of violence, first-degree assault, possession of ammunition, first-degree reckless endangerment and discharging or aiming a firearm, Det. Sgt. Ortiz wrote.

V.I. Superior Court Judge Harold Willocks has scheduled Parrilla’s sentencing for Sept. 6.

Staff Consortium

Previous Post

Trial For Golden And Barnes To Commence In 2020; Golden Meets Bail Requirements

Next Post

Florida Man Arrested For Allegedly Forging, Cashing VI Port Authority Checks Totaling More Than $90,000

Leave a Reply

More Story

Trial For Golden And Barnes To Commence In 2020; Golden Meets Bail Requirements

ST. THOMAS -- District Court Judge Curtis Gomez on Friday gave Violet Anne Golden and her alleged co-conspirator in a federal...

July 27, 2019