Maryland Man Gets Year in Jail for Hosting Parties Violating COVID-19 Crowd Restrictions

December 6, 2020 in News by RBN Staff

By Shomari Stone

Shawn Marshall Myers, 42, of Hughesville was arrested in March when officers found more than 50 people hanging out around a bonfire at his home

At the time, Gov. Larry Hogan’s emergency order prohibited gatherings of more than 10 people.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office said it was the second time Myers hosted a large gathering at his house and he was accused of being argumentative with officers in both times.

“He was given a warning,” Charles County State’s Attorney Tony Covington said. “It’s not like the police just swooped in there and said you’re going to jail. They gave him a warning. He had at least 50 people the first day and then two, three days later, he’s doing the same thing. And the second day he’s of a mind that he’s not going to cooperate, he’s going to tell people to keep the music playing.”

On March 22 officers went to Myers’ home in the 15200 block of Lukes Lane after the report of a large party, according to the state’s attorney. Myers was argumentative but eventually agreed to disband his party.

Then on March 27, officers returned to the home for another report of a large party, according to the state’s attorney. This time, Myers claimed they had a right to congregate, refused to comply and was arrested.