US man gets one-year jail for holding large parties amid coronavirus outbreak
The man held two parties with over 50 people in violation of Maryland's COVID-19 social distancing rules.
A man in the US state of Maryland has been sentenced to a year in jail for holding two large parties and violating the state's order against large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested after holding the parties in late March, according to the Charles County state's attorney's office. Maryland's COVID-19 social distancing rules banned gatherings of more than 10 people, according to the office of Governor Larry Hogan.
Myers was convicted late last week 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.
After being confronted by law enforcement at his home in Hughesville, Maryland, on March 22, Myers agreed to disband the first gathering of about 50 people, after initially being "argumentative" with officers, the state's attorney's office said.
Myers held a second party with more than 50 people only five days later, though, which he refused to end, according to prosecutors.
The United States is worst-hit country by the coronavirus pandemic. So far, more than 7 million people have been infected with the highly-contagious disease while over 204,700 have died in the country.