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St. Croix Man Who Threatened People At Fort Christiansvaern With Golf Club Gets 90 Days

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CHRISTIANSTED – A St. Croix man wielding a golf club at an historic fort who tried to avoid detention by a park ranger by jumping into the Caribbean Sea was given three months in prison by a federal magistrate today.

Uriah “Kunta” Gaston, 36, of Estate Strawberry, was sentenced in U.S. District Court on one count of resisting a federal officer, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon, Jr. sentenced Gaston to 90 days of jail time with credit for time served and ordered Gaston to complete a mental and drug treatment program at The Village – Sion Hill Therapeutic Community Program.

Gaston had previously pled guilty to the charge on June 29, 2018.

According to court documents, on January 2, 2018, Gaston created a disturbance at Fort Christiansvaern, at the Christiansted National Historic Site in St. Croix. When Park Ranger Gabriel Laurencin intervened and attempted to identify Gaston, he produced false identification.

After being informed that he was going to be frisked for officer safety, Gaston then fled into the Gallows Bay Harbor, ignoring several commands to stop. He again ignored multiple commands to return to shore.

Gaston was subsequently returned to shore on the side of a bystander’s dingy and was placed under arrest at that time.

The case was investigated by the United States National Park Service.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Huston.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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