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Virginia Man Who Brandished A Weapon In St. Thomas Bar Gets A Slap On The Wrist From Federal Judge … One Month In Prison

GETS OFF EASY: Logan Cobell

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 27-year-old Virginia native was given a slap on the wrist by a federal judge after admitting to brandishing a weapon in a popular St. Thomas bar.

Logan Cobell, 27, most recently of Charlston, S.C. was sentenced to one month’s imprisonment followed by one year of supervised release for possession of a firearm in a school zone, U.S. Attorney Ronald Sharpe said.

Judge Gomez also ordered Cobell to two months’ home confinement while on supervised release. He must pay a $1,000 fine and a $25 special assessment and complete 400 hours of community service, Sharpe said.

On September 14, 2016, Cobell pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm in a school zone. According to the plea agreement, 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, a security officer turned over to the VIPD a Taurus firearm that had been taken from Cobell.

Cobell is not licensed in the U.S. Virgin Islands to possess a firearm, and his possession was within a 1000 feet of the Eudora Kean High School.

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.

LOVERBOY GUN BRANDISHER: Logan Cobell of South Carolina

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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