A man in the US state of Maryland has been sentenced to one year in prison for throwing two large parties at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
42-year-old Shawn Marshall Myers was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with the state's emergency order banning gatherings of more than 10 people.
Around 50 people attended a party at Myers' home on 22nd March, which was later disbanded by police. A week later, police received a report of another large party and found more than 50 people at the property.
Myers was argumentative on both occasions, according to the state's attorney's office.
He faces three years' probation after his release.
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