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Firearm Possession Draws 17-Month Sentence for St. Thomas Felon

Eugene Monsanto Jr. was sentenced to 17-months in prison followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Ronald W. Sharpe announced Thursday.

District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez also sentenced the 41-year-old Monsanto to pay a $100 special assessment and to complete 300 hours of community service.

On Oct. 5, Monsanto pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. According to the plea agreement, on May 30, Monsanto was aboard M/V Sundance Queen, a ferry traveling from the British Virgin Islands to St. Thomas. He presented himself for inspection at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s St. John 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 carryon.

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The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kim L. Chisholm.

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