Maryland man sentenced to 1 year in jail for holding large parties, violating state's Covid-19 rules

A Maryland man was sentenced to a year in jail for holding two large parties and violating the state’s order against large gatherings, according to the Charles County state’s attorney’s office.

Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested after holding the parties in late March. Maryland’s Covid-19 social distancing rules banned gatherings of more than 10 人, according to the office of Gov. 拉里·霍根(Larry Hogan).
Myers was convicted Friday of two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order and will serve his one-year sentence at the Charles County Detention Center, the state’s attorney’s office said in a press release.
Myers’ 律师, Hammad S. Matin, did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment.
    After being confronted by law enforcement at his home in Hughesville, 马里兰州, 在三月 22, Myers agreed to disband the first gathering of about 50 人, after initially beingargumentativewith officers, the state’s attorney’s office said.
    Myers held a second party with more than 50 people only five days later, 虽然, which he refused to end, 根据检察官.
    Officers told Myers to disband the party, but again he was argumentative claiming he and his guests had the right to congregate,” the release stated. “Beyond being argumentative, Myers directed his guests to stay in defiance of Governor Hogan’s Orders and the officerslawful orders to disband the party.
    Myers was taken into custody after officers were unable to obtain his cooperation, 检察官说.
    District Court Judge W. Louis Hennessy also sentenced Myers to three years of unsupervised probation upon his release and ordered him to pay a $ 5,000 精细, 根据发布.
      CNN has also reached out to the Charles County Health Department on whether any Covid-19 cases in the county can be traced to the gatherings that Myers hosted.
      Maryland currently has 122,972 Covid-19 cases and 3,935 死亡人数, 根据 Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracking project.


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