Update: American Student in Cayman Islands Gets Sentence Reduced to Two Months

BuzzFeedNews is reporting that American pre-med student Skylar Mack’s prison sentence has been reduced from four months to two months for violating the nation’s quarantine protocols for coronavirus.

Mack and her boyfriend, whom she had met in Cayman Islands to watch compete in a jet-ski competition, both had their sentences reduced. The boyfriend was also stripped of his prize and reward money from the competition.

Mack and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, a 24-year-old Cayman Islands resident, had been sentenced to four months in prison after Mack broke the territory’s 14-day quarantine requirement in November when she left her residence to watch Ramgeet compete in a Jet Ski competition. In order to do so, Mack removed a geofencing wristband that is used to track visitors’ movements to the island as part of the quarantine-at-home regulations.

“We note that the Court allowed our appeal and agreed with our submission that the 4-month sentence imposed by the Grand Court was not appropriate in the circumstances of this case,” their attorney said. “Whilst it was our hope that Skylar would be able to return home to resume her studies in January, we accept the decision of the Court and look forward to receiving its written reasons in due course.”

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the case, but declined further comment.