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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.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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