R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Julie Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, announced today the sentencing of defendant, Chetanand Kumar Sewraz,on charges that he possessed unregistered destructive devices and destructive devices while in the country on a non-immigrant alien visa.
In July 2006, Sewraz, a citizen of the Republic of Mauritius, was found guilty of all charges against him after a five-day jury trial in Ft. Pierce. He was convicted of Counts One and Three of the Indictment, which charged him with possession of destructive devices while in the country on a non-immigrant alien visa, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 922(g)(5) and 924(a)(2)(b), and Counts Two and Four, which charged him with possession of destructive devices that were not registered under the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, in violation of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 5841, 5861(d) and 5871.
In October and December 2005, Sewraz, who also goes by the name “Ashley,” traveled from Virginia to Indian River County, Florida, and used items, including propane tanks, flammable liquids and fire-starting bricks to construct incendiary devices that he used to set fires to the car of his estranged wife and to the car of his mother-in-law.
Yesterday, United States District Court Judge Donald L. Graham sentenced Sewraz to 115 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Sewraz was also ordered to pay a $400 special assessment. In addition, it was ordered that Sewraz be turned over to the authority of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation following his term of imprisonment.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Mr. Acosta would also like to recognize officials with the Chesterfield County, Virginia, Police Department and Sebastian, Florida, Police Department for their outstanding cooperation in this successful prosecution. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Corey Steinberg.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.