A Maryland man has been sentenced to a year in jail after he threw parties at his home that violated the governor's orders restricting gatherings because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested in March after throwing two parties with at least 50 people each, violating Gov. Larry Hogan's emergency orders at the time limiting gatherings to 10 people.
Officers were originally called to Myers's home on March 22 after a report of a large gathering, said the state's attorney for Charles County, Tony Covington, in a press release. Myers was reportedly argumentative with the officers, but agreed to disband the party.
Officers were called less than a week later for another party. Myers was again asked to shut down the party and was arrested upon his refusal.
Myers was convicted Friday on two counts of failure to comply with an emergency order. He will serve a year in jail, pay a $5,000 fine, and will be on unsupervised probation for three years after his release.
"These decisions were made for the public good, for people's safety. We've got 200,000 people dead because of the attitudes that Mr. Myers demonstrated that particular day," Covington said. "It's not like the police just swooped in there and said you're going to jail. They gave him a warning. He had at least 50 people the first day and then two, three days later, he's doing the same thing."
🔦 Maryland's emergency order currently allows gatherings up to 50 people.