UPDATE (WKOW) May 14, 2019 — The Madison woman charged in the Cayman Islands with having a gun in her luggage killed herself after learning prosecutors there intended to put her on trial a second time, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Carol Ann McNeill Skorupan, 68, left her home near Lake Mendota for a walk April 18 and never returned, the Journal Sentinel reporter. She was later found dead.
MADISON (WKOW) April 1, 2019 – A 68-year old Madison woman, whose cruise to the Cayman Islands turned into an arrest for gun possession, faces trial there this month, and the possibility of a decade in prison.
“I don’t want her to return there,” Carol McNeill Skorupan’s husband, Rick Skorupan tells 27 News.
Rick Skorupan says one of his wife’s three travel bags failed to arrive from Madison to Florida before McNeill Skorupan departed on a cruise ship for the Cayman Islands in early February. He says that bag included a hand gun.
Travel advisories tell people bound for the Cayman Islands “…even a single bullet inadvertently loose in a carry-on bag can lead to arrest,” and notes a conceal carry permit such as the one possessed by McNeill Skorupan holds no legal weight in the Cayman Islands.
“She was going to leave the gun with a friend in Florida, but (Delta Airlines) took it upon themselves to send it to the Cayman Islands,” Skorupan says.
He says his wife was about to embark on a scuba diving excursion when authorities asked her to return to the airport in George Town for her luggage, where she was arrested. Skorupan says McNeill Skorupan was jailed for five days, and stayed several weeks in a hotel until she could get permission to leave the country.
David Meadors of Dania Beach, Florida says he was similarly arrested for gun possession in the Cayman Islands when a firearm was found on his boat. He says he’s been following McNeill Skorupan’s case closely and regrets that anyone without intent to cause harm faces stern consequences. “I find it very troubling that a non-criminal act in its effect winds somebody up in a very serious criminal situation,” Meadors says.
The charge McNeill Skorupan faces carries a ten year prison sentence if she is found guilty at trial. Only extenuating circumstances would alter that consequence.
Skorupan says his wife is considering returning to the Cayman Islands for her April trial because she wants to demonstrate her innocence. Her attorney in the Cayman Islands, James Stenning has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News.
McNeill Skorupan is the former chairperson of the Dane County branch of the Republican Party of Wisconsin.