Man sentenced to one year in prison for throwing large parties against COVID-19 orders

A Maryland man is going to do hard time for hosting large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Shawn Marshall Myers was sentenced to one year in prison after he was found guilty of multiple counts of failure to comply with the state’s emergency COVID-19 orders, reported WFJA.

Myers hosted two large parties in March.

At the first bash, on March 22nd, Myers had approximately 50 and 60 people at his home in Hughesville and the police were called.

"Myers was argumentative with officers but eventually agreed to disband his party," said the Charles County Sheriff’s Office.

Five days later, Myers decided to throw another large party with more than 50 people in attendance.

"Officers told Myers to disband the party, but again he was argumentative claiming he and his guests had the right to congregate," the State's Attorney said, according to the outlet. "Beyond being argumentative, Myers directed his guests to stay in defiance of Governor Hogan’s Orders and the officers’ lawful orders to disband the party."

Due to being uncooperative, Myers was arrested.

On Friday, the 42-year-old was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with the emergency order and sentenced to 12 months at Charles County Detention Center. Afterwards, he will be placed on three years of unsupervised probation.

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