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Virginia father arrested in Turks and Caicos for having ammo in bag to be released on time served

A Turks and Caicos choose on Tuesday sentenced Tyler Wenrich, a Virginia husband and father to a 1-year-old boy, to time served and ordered him to pay a $9,000 positive for unknowingly possessing ammunition in his baggage whereas visiting the islands.

Wenrich confronted the potential of a 12-year jail sentence on the islands after authorities arrested him in April for unknowingly having stray two stray bullets in his baggage on a cruise ship whereas he was headed again residence from a marriage occasion journey.

“It’s a backpack… that I hadn’t used in a while, but I had used it previously for carrying supplies in my car and going to the shooting range. So I pulled it out for this trip, checked it, went through TSA security, went through port security in Miami. It was about a day and a half sail to Grand Turk, and then we spent a day here,” Wenrich beforehand informed Fox News Digital. “So it was about 8 to 9 hours that we spent on the island. And then when I was boarding the ship, the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, they scanned the bag, found one bullet, scanned the bag again, found the second bullet.” 

Republican Virginia Rep. Bob Good mentioned in a Tursday assertion he’s “pleased” that Wenrich “has received a sentence of a fine and time served for the charges against him, and that he will be returning home this week to be re-united with his family, friends and the community he serves.”

“This is the result we were seeking on my trip with congressional colleagues last week to the Turks & Caicos,” Good mentioned. “We met with government officials to advocate for the release of all the American detainees who were facing a 12 year prison sentences for accidental and non-threatening offenses. In Tyler’s case, it was two stray rounds of ammunition that had fallen into the liner of his backpack. We are thankful to all who worked and prayed on Tyler’s behalf.”

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Tyler Wenrich, 31, was ordered to serve time and pay a $9,000 positive for unknowingly possessing ammunition in his baggage whereas visiting the islands. Turks and Caicos police division

Five Americans have been arrested since February for possessing ammunition on the islands below a current ordinance that requires each residents and vacationers to face a minimal of 12 years for the crime. 

One of these Americans, Bryan Hagerich, obtained a 52-week suspended sentence and was ordered to pay a $6,700 positive on May 24.

He was again residence in Pennsylvania together with his spouse and two younger youngsters later that night.

Wenrich, 31; Hagerich, 39, and the opposite Americans who have been arrested for ammunition possession on the islands have to show that they have been arrested below extraordinary circumstances in order to get a lighter punishment.

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Wenrich confronted the potential of a 12-year jail sentence on the islands after authorities arrested him in April. Tyler Wenrich / Facebook

Wenrich was initially arrested on April 20 following a marriage occasion in Turks and Caicos and pleaded responsible in court docket on Monday, when each prosecutors and his protection staff offered oral arguments, he informed Fox News Digital.

Wenrich had traveled from Virginia to Florida, the place he boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and then docked in Turks and Caicos.

Cruise ship safety discovered two stray bullets in his bag when he was about to board the ship to return residence.

Cruise ship authorities then despatched Wenrich to native police, which is the second he “knew things were going sideways.”

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“It’s a backpack… that I hadn’t used in a while, but I had used it previously for carrying supplies in my car and going to the shooting range,” he mentioned. NBC10 Boston

The different Americans arrested in Turks for having stray ammo, together with Sharitta Grier of Florida, Ryan Watson of Oklahoma and Michael Lee Evans of Texas, have been arrested at airports on the islands.

“Everybody else has been at the airport, so that’s a lot different than their cases,” Wenrich mentioned of his personal case. “But as far as the charge goes, it’s very similar. We were actually able to meet with them in person last week and go to lunch and kind of talk about those things, as well. But we keep in daily communication with each other.”

Wenrich mentioned the assist he and his household have obtained from each associates and locals again residence, in addition to from the opposite Americans in Turks and Caicos, has been “phenomenal.”

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The father to a 1-year-old boy had traveled from Virginia to Florida, the place he boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and then docked in Turks and Caicos. NBC10 Boston

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro despatched a letter to Turks and Caicos Gov. Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam to urge the discharge of Watson, Hagerich and Wenrich.

“Like thousands of Americans each year, these individuals traveled to your beautiful territory recently for leisure,” the governors wrote in a joint letter shared with Fox News Digital. “They have all maintained that they did not intend to bring ammunition into Turks and Caicos, and any ammunition unknowingly left in their luggage was the result of lawful conduct in the United States. We understand that none of them were carrying firearms.”

Various members of Congress have spoken publicly concerning the situation of Americans being detained in Turks and Caicos over ammunition possession.

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Wenrich will be returning residence this week to be re-united together with his household. Tyler Wenrich / Facebook

A congressional delegation met with TCI authorities leaders earlier this month to talk about the potential launch of Americans detained over the ammunition ordinance, to no avail.

“The U.S. delegation raised five cases of US nationals currently before the courts, concern for their well-being and clarification on the legal process,” the TCI Governor’s Office mentioned in a May 13 assertion. “In order to maintain the integrity of the legal process, the Governor confirmed it would not be appropriate to facilitate the delegation’s request to meet with the Chief Justice.”

The governor and the premier additionally mentioned “they cannot intervene nor comment on ongoing legal cases before the courts,” the assertion continued. “They explained that the Turks and Caicos Islands have clear laws prohibiting the possession of firearms and/or ammunition and strict penalties are in place to serve and protect all who reside and visit the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

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