Misprision of a Felony in the Virgin Islands
In 1957, the Virgin Islands Legislature adopted 14 V.I.C. 13, which is based on the federal misprision of a felony statute, thus making it appropriate for us to consider federal court interpretations of 18 U.S.C. 4. Nicholas v. People, 56 V.I. 718, 734-35 (V.I. 2012) (relying on other courts' interpretations of a nearly identical federal statute to interpret section 922 of title 14 of the Virgin Islands Code); In re Disbarment of Plaskett, 56 V.I. 441, 447 (V.I. 2012); Brady v. Cintron, 55 V.I. 802, 815-16 (V.I. 2011) (relying on Indiana's interpretation of a statute with language almost identical to that in a Virgin Islands statute).
The federal and Virgin Islands statutes have substantially similar language.
In the Virgin Islands, an individual is guilty of misprision of a felony if he has "knowledge of the actual commission of a felony, and willfully conceals it from the proper authorities." 14 V.I.C. 13. Under the federal statute, an individual is guilty of misprision of a felony if he has "knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, and conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to the proper authority." 18 U.S.C. 4.