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The family of an 18-year-old student sentenced to four months in a Cayman Islands jail for breaking the British territory’s 14-day coronavirus isolation requirement for tourists has appealed to President Trump for help in getting her sprung, according to a report.
Skylar Mack, a pre-med student at Mercer University from Georgia, has been locked up since Dec. 15 along with her boyfriend, local resident and competitive jet skier Vanjae Ramgeet, 24.
The lovebirds were sentenced to four months behind bars after she slipped out of her wristband monitor to watch him compete instead of quarantining after arriving from the US, local media reported.
An island judge slapped them with the jail term after overturning a previous sentence of 40 hours of community service and a $2,600 fine each, according to the Cayman News Service.
Mack allegedly exposed four families, who were then required to quarantine. It was unclear if she or the four families tested positive for the illness.
“She cries, she wants to come home,” Mack’s grandmother, Jeanne Mack, told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday. “She knows she made a mistake. She owns up to that, but she’s pretty hysterical right now.”
She added: “It’s not like her to make this kind of a mistake. She knows she screwed up. She knows she should have to pay for it.”
The teen’s family is now pleading for help to get her back home, including a letter her grandmother wrote Trump.
“We’re not asking for her to get an exception,” Jeanne Mack said. “We’re asking for her not to be the exception.
Mack and Ramgeet were the first people to be sentenced under harsher penalties for breaking isolation in the Caribbean territory, which has about 64,000 residents, according to “Today.”
The three-island territory has recorded 311 confirmed COVID-19 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began.
Mack — who traveled to the Cayman Islands on Nov. 27 to visit Ramgeet — tested negative for the bug before leaving and negative again when she arrived, according to Jonathon Hughes, the couple’s attorney.
But two days into her required two-week isolation, she attended a jet ski event in which Ramgeet competed – leaving an electronic monitoring device behind.
After they pleaded guilty to violating the isolation period and sentenced to 40 hours of community service and a $2,600 fine, a prosecutor successfully argued that the punishment was too lenient.
The day before the aquatic event, the government changed its penalties for violating isolation from up to a year in jail and/or a fine of $1,000 to a sentence of up to two years in the slammer and/or a fine of up to $10,000, according to the Cayman Compass.
During the sentencing Dec. 15, Judge Roger Chapple said the couple’s decision to violate the protocol was as a result of “selfishness and arrogance,” the Cayman outlet reported.
Mack, who spent seven hours at the event, did not wear a mask or social distance, police told the paper.
Hughes planned to appear Tuesday before the territory’s appellate court to request a lesser sentence.
“This particular sentence would have a particularly harsh effect on her, and the court ought to have considered the individual before it, not just the crime,” the lawyer told “Today.”
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