Skylar Mack Biography — Wiki
Skylar Mack is a U.S. college student who with her boyfriend has been sentenced to four months in prison in the Cayman Islands for violating strict COVID-19 measures following a recent ruling that will be appealed, their attorney said Thursday.
Mack and her boyfriend, Vanjae Ramgeet, have been in prison since Tuesday when the ruling was issued.
Skylar Mack Age
Skylar Mack, of Georgia, is 18 years old while her boyfriend Vanjae Ramgeet, of the Cayman Islands, is 24 years old.
Skylar Mack Boyfriend, Family
The couple has been together for seven months. Hughes said he doesn’t know how they met. He noted that Ramgeet is a competitive jet skier like Mack’s father.
Attorney Jonathon Hughes said the sentence is the first of its kind, adding that Mack´s family is concerned: ‘They´re worried for her because she´s in prison in a foreign country on her own. While this is something she brought on herself, it’s very distressing for her.’
The girl’s grandmother, Jeanne Mack, told the AP that she reached out to U.S. President Donald Trump and received an email from a staffer saying the White House would look into the matter.
Skylar Mack jailed for four months after breaking the 14-day quarantine
Skylar Mack, who is enrolled as a pre-med student at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, arrived in the Cayman Islands on Nov. 27 and was supposed to undergo a two-week quarantine as mandated by the government, which electronically tracks anyone who arrives in the British Caribbean territory.
However, she broke quarantine on November 29 when her boyfriend picked her up to attend a water sports event, Hughes said.
Breaking news: Skylar Mack and Vanjae Ramjeet has been sentenced to 4 months of immediate imprisonment for their breach of quarantine.
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— Cayman Compass (@cayCompass) December 15, 2020
After their arrest, a judge ruled the couple had to provide 40 hours of community service and pay a $4,400 fine.
In addition, Ramgeet was ordered to a two-month curfew that would start at 7 p.m. But the prosecution appealed, arguing the punishment was unduly lenient and would not deter other possible violators. A higher court decided in favor of prosecutors, ruling on Dec. 15 that the couple be imprisoned immediately.
Judge Roger Chapple said during Tuesday’s sentencing that Mack spent seven hours out in public without a face mask or social distancing.
What we know so far about the couple
In her phone calls from prison, ‘the minute she starts talking, she starts crying’. ‘She´s afraid that once she makes it back to the States, everyone will hate her.’ Mack, who lives outside of Atlanta, said her granddaughter decided she wanted to be a doctor at age 10 and asked for a suture kit at her birthday.
The couple is the first to be sentenced under an amended law targeting COVID-19 violators. The original law called for a $2,400 fine and up to six months in prison, while the recently amended law calls for a $12,000 fine and up to two years in prison.
Skylar Mack attorney
Mack and Ramgeet had both pleaded guilty, but their attorney, Jonathon Hughes, said he will argue for a less severe sentence next week.