Maryland man sentenced to 1 year in prison for throwing big parties, violating state’s Covid-19 rules

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Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, was arrested after hosting the parties at the end of March. Maryland’s Covid-19 social distancing rules have banned gatherings of more than 10 people, according to Gov. Larry Hogan’s office.

Myers was convicted of two counts of failing to comply with an emergency order on Friday and will serve his one-year sentence at the Charles County Detention Center, the state attorney’s office said in a press release.

After being confronted by law enforcement at his home in Hughesville, Md., On March 22, Myers agreed to disband the first gathering of about 50 people, after initially “arguing” with officers, said the state attorney’s office.

Myers threw a second party with more than 50 people just five days later, but he refused to end it, prosecutors said.”The officers told Myers to dissolve the party, but again he argued by saying he and his guests had the right to assemble,” the statement said. “In addition to being argumentative, Myers ordered his guests to remain in defiance of Gov. Hogan’s orders and officers’ legal orders to dissolve the party. “

Myers was taken into custody after officers were unable to obtain his cooperation, prosecutors said.

District court judge W. Louis Hennessy also sentenced Myers to three years of unsupervised probation after his release and ordered him to pay a fine of $ 5,000, the statement said.

CNN has also contacted the Charles County Health Department to find out if any cases of Covid-19 in the county can be attributed to the rallies organized by Myers.

Maryland currently has 122,972 Covid-19 cases and 3,935 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Covid-19 Tracking Project.

CNN’s Ganesh Setty contributed to this report.

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