Dominican, Jeard Shillingford, has been given an 18-month sentence in the United States Virgin Islands for encouraging and inducing illegal immigrants to enter the United States for commercial or financial gain.
Shillingford and a Grenadian national pleaded guilty in June for attempting to smuggle 61 Haitian nationals into the United States.
They were sentenced earlier this week.
Reports are that the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted a boat named, S/V Annpurna, off the coast of St. John on June 10. The Haitians were found aboard the boat.
Court documents show that the boat was operated by Shillingford and the Grenadian national, Kenrick Christopher.
The two were also sentenced to serve three years of supervised release.