Family of U.S. teen jailed in Cayman Islands asks Trump for help
The family of an American college student seeks help from the U.S. government as she is sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to breaking the Cayman Islands' mandatory 14-day Covid-19 isolation protocols for visitors.
Skylar Mack (via Facebook)
"She just wants to come home," said 18-year-old Skylar Mack's grandmother, Jeanne Mack, on Monday for the "Today" show.
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"She knows she made a mistake, she made it up to her, but she's pretty hysterical right now."
Skylar is a medical student from Georgia. She traveled to see her friend Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, who was in the Cayman Islands for a jet ski competition.
Mack did not isolate the mandatory 14 days.
Instead, Mack said she was isolated for two days and tested negative for coronavirus twice before giving up her tracking device and stepping out of isolation to compete in her friend's jet ski competition.
Mack was sentenced to prison last week.
Jonathon Hughes, the attorney representing Mack and her boyfriend, said four months in prison - an increased community service sentence - "would have an especially harsh effect on them."
Her family said they appealed directly to President Donald Trump, whose office wrote back that their case would be referred to the "appropriate" federal agency, likely the US State Department.
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