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Virginia Man Who Pulled Out A Gun In A Dispute At A St. Thomas Bar Pleads Guilty In Federal Court



CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A Virginia native admitted in federal court on Wednesday to whipping out an semi-automatic weapon in a dispute at a St. Thomas bar — that also just happens to be close to a local high school, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Logan CoBell, 27, of Charleston, S.C. pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court on St. Thomas to possession of a firearm in a school zone, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Sentencing for CoBell is scheduled for January 17, 2017. He faces a possible maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $100,000, according to federal statutes.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, on March 20, 2016, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) was dispatched to Fatty’s bar in Red Hook regarding a patron in possession of a firearm.

Upon arrival, contact was made with the security officer who turned over to the VIPD a Brazilian-made Taurus firearm that had been taken from CoBell.

CoBell is not licensed in the District of the Virgin Islands to possess a firearm and his possession was within 1,000 feet of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, Sharpe said.

His Facebook profile says that he went to Great Bridge High School in Chesapeake, Va.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the VIPD.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid Tejo-Sprotte.


TOO COOL 4 SCHOOL: Logan CoBell (right) and friend on Facebook.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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