Follow up on this previous blog about the High On Life group
HIGH ON LIFE PLEADS GUILTY
Remember the Canadian knuckleheads who went on a crime spree through America’s National Parks and Monuments all for the sake of selling stupid looking t-shirts? Well their day in court finally arrived.
The group consisting of Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price Brown, Parker Heuser, and Hamish McNab Campbell Cross, were the subject of multiple investigations by the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Two of the defendants decided to take their punishment and pleaded guilty.
“H. Cross pleaded guilty to charges in Yellowstone National Park that included disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area. He agreed to pay over $8,000.00 in fines, restitution, community service payments paid to Yellowstone Forever, and fees. P. Heuser pleaded guilty to two violations in Death Valley National Park that included riding a bike in wilderness and commercial photographs without a permit.
He will also pay for collateral fines that stemmed from violations at the Bonneville Salt Flats (BLM). He agreed to pay more than $1,000.00 in fines and fees. P. Heuser was not charged any violations in Yellowstone National Park. Both individuals will be on probation for five years which includes being banned from public lands managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”
The High on Life group was issued violation notices from:
- Zion National Park
- Death Valley National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
- Corona Arch (BLM)
- Bonneville Salt Flats (BLM)
“The judge’s decision today sends a very clear message about thermal feature protection and safety,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk. “Hamish Cross’s egregious actions damaged a world-class hot spring and risked his own life coupled with the lives of responding rangers. We look forward to the outcome of the case regarding the three remaining defendants.”
More on the NPS site here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/16073.htm