After weeks of keeping a low profile, the four men seen walking on Grand Prismatic Spring in mid-May have agreed to a conference call with Yellowstone’s resident magistrate.
According to K2 Radio, the four defendants (Charles Ryker Gamble, Alexy Andriyovych Lyakh, Justis Cooper Price-Brown, and Hamish McNab Campbell Cross) have agreed to a phone conference—their first attempt to formally reach out since federal warrants were issued against the men. We previously reported the men had hired a lawyer, although there was no indication what the group had planned.
The phone conference is currently scheduled for July 7; the men will speak with U.S. Magistrate Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs. In all likelihood, the men will be calling from Vancouver.
The incident in question began when the men were seen walking off the boardwalk on Grand Prismatic Spring in Midway Geyser Basin, taking photos and video. The four men were quickly linked to a Vancouver, B.C.-based clothing/lifestyle company called High On Life SundayFundayz.
The men face two misdemeanor charges for stepping off the boardwalk and creating/maintaining “a hazardous or physically offensive condition.” If convicted, each man could face up to six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Besides misdemeanor charges, the four men also received stiff criticism from all corners of social media, decrying the men as foolhardy and reckless.
As previously reported, the men fled the jurisdiction. We also reported the U.S. wouldn’t likely extradite the men to face charges, since they were charged with misdemeanors.