Filmmakers who trampled Grand Prismatic Spring sentenced with $7,500 in fines and 2 get jail time

Jan 24, 2017

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Filmmakers who trampled Grand Prismatic Spring sentenced with $7,500 in fines and 2 get jail time

Jan 24, 2017

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The remaining three of four filmmakers who decided to ignore signs and trample the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, last year have now been sentenced. The incident happened in July 2016. In November, one of the four, Hamish McNab Campbell Cross pleaded guilty to foot travel in a thermal area and disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to five years unsupervised probation, $8,000 in fines, and banned from US Public Lands for five years.

Now, the three other members of the group, “High on Life SundayFundayz” have returned to the USA to face the music. Canadians Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexey Andriyovych Lyakh and Justis Cooper Price-Brown have been sentence. Between them they have received fines totalling over $7,500, community service, and a brief amount of jail time.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwZVr0VQvrU

Lyakh and Gamble pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct by creating a hazardous condition and foot travel in a thermal area, using drones and bikes in closed areas, and performing commercial photography without a permit.

These charges not only cover this incident, but also neglicence in Zion, Death Valley and Mesa Verde National Parks. The pair are banned from US Public Lands for five years, will each serve 7 days in jail, pay $2,000 each in fines, and must perform community service at Yellowstone Forever. Presumably this community service is an exemption from their ban.

Price-Brown avoids jail, however he must pay $3,500 in fines, and also perform community service at Yellowstone Forever.

What do you think? Was the punishment tough enough? Too tough? Did they get off easy? Is it enough to deter others from doing similarly stupid things? Let us know in the comments.

[via Resource Magazine]

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8 responses to “Filmmakers who trampled Grand Prismatic Spring sentenced with $7,500 in fines and 2 get jail time”

  1. udi tirosh Avatar
    udi tirosh

    Good!

  2. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    Seems too low to me. Now, someone who wants internet “fame” knows what the cost / benefit equation is. They can probably top the monetary cost in profits and if they don’t care about going back to the national parks it is no big deal. 7 days in jail sucks but in the grand scheme of things I don’t doubt some people will think it is worth it.

    1. 1100GS Avatar
      1100GS

      I agree. Too light to be a serious discouragement, assuming they are misdemeanors. Felonies are forever.

  3. doge Avatar
    doge

    Should be banned from entering the country for life.

  4. Greg Lawhorn Avatar
    Greg Lawhorn

    They weren’t boiled alive, so I think they got off pretty lightly.

  5. John from Detroit Avatar
    John from Detroit

    Reminds me of a kid that took a VICTORY pose in front of a burning overturned police car. he cried he did not do it.. Judge said basically If you want the Fame you get the Blame.

  6. Michael Johnson Avatar
    Michael Johnson

    Fines should have higher. Jail time? I don’t know, maybe.

  7. Rick Avatar
    Rick

    Two of these guys, Ryker Gamble and Alexey Lyakh died a few days ago due to a fall from a waterfall in BC. https://www.yahoo.com/news/3-youtube-vloggers-die-tragic-210038162.html