An American college student who was sentenced to a four-month jail stint for breaking coronavirus quarantine orders in the Cayman Islands received good news this week.
Mercer University student Skylar Mack had her sentence slashed in half by an island court on Tuesday, after her legal representation argued that the teenager’s original sentence was within the acceptable range of sentencing powers.
When Mack arrived in the Caymans to visit her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, on Nov. 27, she was required to wear a wristband to monitor her whereabouts while she quarantined for 14 days. After two days of isolation, she slipped off her wristband to watch Ramgeet compete in a jet-ski competition.
Both Mack and Ramgeet, who was charged for abetting her behavior, originally were sentenced to 40 hours of community service and to pay a $2,600 fine, but prosecutors appealed, and they were both sentenced to four months in prison.
The Judge Roger Chapple, who sentenced the couple, said their decision to break quarantine was a result of “selfishness and arrogance,” as Mack spent seven hours maskless and without social distancing at the competition.
Mack’s grandmother Jeanne said the teen, who has been behind bars since Dec. 16, “knows she made a mistake. She owns up to that, but she’s pretty hysterical right now.” The elder Mack even went as far to write a letter to President Trump pleading for help.
It’s unclear if the President got involved, but when Mack’s lawyer appealed the ruling on Tuesday, a different judge cut her and Ramgeet’s sentences down to two months.