(Jackson, Wyo.) - On May 16, the United States District Court issued a criminal complaint and arrest warrants against Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown, three of the men who walked on the Grand Prismatic Spring this Saturday
The Criminal Complaint states that the three men violated two Yellowstone
laws -- "travel on trails; foot travel in all thermal areas and within the
Yellowstone Canyon between the Upper Falls and Inspiration Point must be
confined to boardwalks or trails that are maintained for such travel and re
marked by official signs;" and "Creates or maintains a hazardous or
physically offensive condition."
According to U.S. Attorney's Office Spokesman John Powell, the maximum
penalty for these charges is $5,000 and/or six months in jail, although the
judge will have a great deal of discretion on sentencing.
The affidavit states that a person provided Yellowstone National Park with
video and several photos of the men walking off the boardwalk at Grand
Prismatic Spring on Saturday, May 14. It also says that several concerned
park visitors also contacted the park to report photos on a Facebook page
called High on Life Sunday Fundayz.
As a result of the affidavit, arrest warrants were issued for the three men.
*Feature Photo: Men on the Grand Prismatic Spring on May 14. Pitchengine
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