nicaraguan national sentenced to one year in prison
for violent assault aboard cruise ship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 12, 2012
NEWARK, N.J. – A Nicaraguan national who admitted to stabbing his supervisor aboard a cruise ship in international waters was sentenced today to 12 months and one day in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Donny Martin Crisanto, 31, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini to an Information charging him with knowingly and intentionally assaulting another with a dangerous weapon, with intent to do bodily harm, within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Judge Martini imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements in court:
On May 4, 2012, Crisanto was working as a galley utility employee aboard the Royal Carribean International, Explorer of the Seas cruise ship, which was operating within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States. Crisanto was inside the ship kitchen, when he assaulted his supervisor, identified only by the initials “M.S.,” the head kitchen steward, with a dangerous weapon. After an earlier work dispute Crisanto approached M.S. from behind and, not acting in self-defense, Crisanto struck M.S. in the forehead and shoulder with a knife.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Crisanto to one year of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward, in Newark, and Royal Carribean, Explorer of the Seas ship security officers, with the investigation that resulted in today’s sentence.
The Government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Mendelsohn of the Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: David Holman Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender, Newark