Eugene Monsanto Gets 1.4 Years In Prison For Being A Felon With A Gun
CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A St. Thomas man was sentenced in federal court to 1.4 years in prison for being a felon with a gun.
Eugene Monsanto, 41, was ordered to serve 17 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.
U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez also ordered Monsanto to pay a $100 special assessment and complete 300 hours of community service. On October 5, 2016, Monsanto pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, Sharpe said.
According to the plea agreement, on Monday, May 30, 2016, Monsanto, who was aboard M/V Sundance Queen, a ferry traveling from the British Virgin Islands to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, presented himself for inspection at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands Port of Entry.
A CBP officer conducted a routine inspection and found a fully loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver inside of Monsanto’s carry-on.
The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim Chisholm.