A grandmother pleads to President Trump after her granddaughter was sentenced to 4 months in prison in the Cayman Islands after violating COVID-19 quarantine rules
A screenshot taken from the moment Skylar Mack was taken to a police car after pleading guilty to breaking the Cayman Islands quarantine. Cayman Compass / ABC 7 News
Skylar Mack, an 18-year-old Georgia student, was sentenced to four months in prison for breaking the Cayman Islands' strict 14-day quarantine rule.
The student traveled to the UK overseas territory to compete in her boyfriend's jet ski competition and broke quarantine after two days.
Since the conviction, Skylar Mack's grandmother sent a letter to President Trump asking for his help.
The court is due to hear the appeal on Tuesday.
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On December 15, a Georgia college student was sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands after breaking strict 14-day quarantine to compete in her boyfriend's jet ski competition.
Mercer University student Skylar Mack, 18, flew to Grand Cayman on November 27, where she had to be quarantined for 14 days.
After two days in quarantine, she removed the government-issued tracking device and left her hotel to take part in a jet ski competition. In a statement sent to Insider, Skylar Mack's attorney Jonathon Hughes said she took a negative test for the coronavirus after arriving on the island.
The organizers of the competition were informed of Skylar Mack's violation of the rules and the police were called. She was accused of leaving her home during the mandatory 14-day quarantine. According to Hughes, who also represents Ramgeet, 24-year-old friend Vanjar Ramgeet is said to have "helped her with the injury and aided her".
On December 15, Skylar Mack and Ramgeet were sentenced to four months in prison.
The Cayman Islands have reported 316 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began, according to a tracker on their government website.
Since the ruling, Skylar Mack has appealed and her family has sought help from President Donald Trump.
Skylar Mack's grandmother wrote to President Donald Trump asking for his help
Skylar Mack's grandmother, Jeanne Mack, spoke about the incident.
"She just wants to come home," her grandmother Jeanne Mack told the Today Show. "She knows she made a mistake, she made it up to her, but she's pretty hysterical right now."
Jeanne Mack also told the Today Show that she sent a letter to Trump asking for help. Jeanne Mack did not respond to Insider's request for comment.
According to Fox News, Jeanne Mack received a response from the Office of Presidential Correspondence thanking her for "taking the time to write and share your story with President Donald J. Trump" and for allowing "the staff of the White House have checked your correspondence and forwarded it to the relevant federal agency for further processing. "
In an interview with Fox News, Jeanne Mack said she corresponded with the U.S. Embassy in Grand Cayman.
The US State Department's website highlights that it cannot help US citizens incarcerated abroad "get out of jail," "tell a court that someone is guilty or innocent," or "provide legal advice to perform or represent US citizens in court ".
The couple are reportedly the first to be prosecuted under the Cayman Islands' tougher sentences
According to the "Today" show, Skylar Mack and Ramgeet are the first to be prosecuted under tougher sentences in the Cayman Islands.
The day before Skylar Mack and Ramgeet when they came to ski competition, the government adjusted penalties for quarantine violations.
Previously, the sentence was up to a year in prison and / or a $ 1,000 fine. On November 28, it was changed to up to two years in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 10,000, according to Cayman Compass.
Jeanne Mack told Fox News that she felt the Cayman Islands government was an example for her granddaughter.
"You had to make a statement," she told Fox News. "Your government accuses them of terrifying everyone who was on the island, but they don't tell them it was negative - she didn't have the virus, she never had the virus."
Last month, Pascal Terjanian (52) and Cristina Gurunian (34) also broke the mandatory quarantine.
According to the Cayman Compass, each person has been fined $ 1,000 and banned from returning pending COVID-19 restrictions.
A total of six cases of quarantine violations have been reported.
The couple's lawyer has filed an appeal, which will be heard on Tuesday
On December 4, Skylar Mack and Ramgeet both pleaded guilty and received an initial 40 hour community service sentence and a $ 2,600 fine.
On December 8, Cayman Islands Prosecutor Patrick Moran filed a notice of appeal, stating that the sentences were "unreasonably mild". The Cayman Islands Grand Court ruled in Moran's favor and sentenced Skylar Mack and Ramgeet to four months in prison.
"This was as blatant a violation as you can imagine," Grand Court judge Roger Chapple told the court, according to Cayman Compass. "It was borne by selfishness and arrogance."
According to Hughes, he has appealed and asked for a lesser sentence.
"The court will hear the case in a special session on Tuesday morning," he told an insider in a statement.
The US State Department did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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