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‘I deserved it’: 18-year-old jailed for breaking COVID-19 quarantine says she’s learned her lesson

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The 18-year-old sentenced to 2 months behind bars within the Cayman Islands for breaking quarantine guidelines is now apologizing for what she did.

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“It was a egocentric resolution. There is not any cause that I can provide you to grant me a second likelihood. I do not anticipate anyone to ever forgive me, however I would really like for them to at the least let me be capable of present them that I did study from it,” Sylar Mack stated in an interview with GMA.

Mack traveled to the Caribbean island Nov. 27 and, per island guidelines, was required to quarantine for 14 days.

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However after two days in isolation and a damaging COVID-19 check, Mack eliminated her wrist monitor, breaching quarantine to observe her boyfriend — knowledgeable jet skier — compete in a race.

“It was a acutely aware resolution…cannot provide you with any good cause for it,” Mack stated.

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Each Mack and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Vanjae Ramgeet, who was charged with aiding and abetting, had been detained and initially ordered to pay a effective and serve 40 hours of neighborhood service.

However after a authorized forwards and backwards, the couple was sentenced to 2 months in jail, in the end serving 32 days.

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“I deserved it. I used to be like, ‘ what I made this error and it sucks, you recognize, however you probably did it to your self,'” Mack stated.

Up to now, Mack has by no means examined optimistic for COVID-19 and it doesn’t seem anybody on the seaside received sick that day. Nonetheless, Mack admits if one thing unhealthy had occurred, she would’ve been accountable.

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“I might’ve by no means been capable of stay with myself, realizing that I may’ve been the rationale that somebody may’ve–even simply been sick, it eats me up.”

In the meantime, her household is simply comfortable she is protected and again in America.

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“I received the primary name, I believe, that claims she was in bother. Her boyfriend referred to as whereas the authorities had been speaking to her,” her grandmother stated. “You possibly can in all probability hear him. He saved saying, ‘please do not be mad together with her. Please do not be mad together with her.’ And I am like, ‘however she is aware of higher.'”

Now that her granddaughter is again in America?

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“It is the largest reduction I lastly slept by the night time,” her grandmother stated. “And it is form of onerous to go to sleep when somebody you’re keen on a lot you recognize that they are not sleeping, and that they are uncomfortable and I do know she’s a tricky woman however she needed to be scared.”

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