US teenager arrested in Cayman Islands for breaking Covid protocols gets reduced sentence

An American university student who broke the mandatory 14-day quarantine protocol for visitors to the Cayman Islands received a reduced prison sentence after her lawyer filed an appeal arguing that the punishment was “particularly severe”.

A spokesman for the Cayman Islands Court of Appeal told NBC News in an email that the prison sentence for Skylar Mack, 18, and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, 24, was reduced from four to two months on Tuesday. market.

The couple’s lawyer said the two deeply regretted their actions.

“Both expressed genuine remorse, a genuine appreciation for the seriousness of what happened, a genuine plea for some form of forgiveness,” said Jonathan Hughes.

Skylar Mack.Cayman Compass

Mack is a medical student from Georgia who visited her boyfriend in the Cayman Islands for a jet ski competition. Mack, who was not quarantined for the mandatory two weeks, said he was isolated for only two days and tested negative for Covid-19 before entering his boyfriend’s competition.

Skylar’s grandmother Jeanne Mack told the “Today” program on Monday that her granddaughter just wanted to go home.

“She knows she made a mistake, she admits it, but she is very hysterical now,” said Jeanne.

According to the government’s Covid-19 panel, the Cayman Islands, a British territory abroad with almost 65,000 people, reported 316 cases and 2 deaths.