U.S. teen who broke Covid protocols in Cayman Islands gets reduced sentence
An American student who violated the mandatory 14-day quarantine protocol for visitors to the Cayman Islands received a reduced prison sentence after her lawyer appealed and argued that the punishment was "particularly harsh".
A spokeswoman for the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal told NBC News in an email that the jail term for Skylar Mack, 18, and her boyfriend Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, was reduced from four to two months on Tuesday.
The couple's lawyer said the two regret their actions incredibly.
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"Both expressed real repentance, a real appreciation for the seriousness of what happened, a real appeal for some form of forgiveness," said Jonathan Hughes.
Image: Skylar Mack (Cayman Compass)
Mack is a Georgia medical student who visited her boyfriend in the Cayman Islands for a jet ski competition. Mack, who had not quarantined the mandatory two weeks, said she had only been isolated for two days and tested negative for Covid-19 before entering her boyfriend's contest.
Jeanne Mack, Skylar's grandmother, told the Today Show on Monday that her granddaughter just wanted to return home.
"She knows that she made a mistake, she does, but she's pretty hysterical at the moment," said Jeanne.
According to Hughes, laws in the Cayman Islands allow people who serve 60 percent of their sentence, which is less than a year, to be released on the condition. According to Hughes, the couple should be released on January 19 or 20.
According to the government's Covid-19 dashboard, the Cayman Islands, a UK overseas territory of nearly 65,000 residents, have reported 316 cases and 2 deaths.
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