Shawn Marshall Myers (pictured) was arrested Friday for hosting 60 people at his home for a bonfire
A Maryland man was arrested Friday after hosting 60 people at a bonfire, defying the state's emergency order that prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people during the coronavirus pandemic.
It is the second time authorities caught Shawn Marshall Myers, 41, of Hughesville, throwing an unauthorized gathering in a week.
Myers was charged with two counts of violating Gov. Larry Hogan's emergency order after deputies responded to his home at 10.53pm.
He is the first person in the state to be arrested for such a crime, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Deputies responded to Myers home in the 15000 block of Lukes Lane to find the large group enjoying a bonfire party at him home.
Myers refused to disperse the crowd and was ultimately taken into police custody. He is being held without bond.
He previously held a function with an undisclosed amount of people at his home on March 22.
In that instance, Myers' agreed to disperse the crowd at authorities request. Authorities let him off with a warning.
Fox News reports Myers' is a registered sex offender who was also indicted as a murder accomplice.
In September 2012, Myers was sentenced to five years probation after he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit a robbery related to a 2004 Thanksgiving Day murder.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (center) issued an emergency order that prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people during the coronavirus pandemic
Hogan addressed Myers' arrest on Twitter and lambasted the criminal for ignoring social distancing protocols.
He wrote: 'A Charles County man has been arrested after repeatedly violating the executive order banning large gatherings and hosting a bonfire party with 60 guests.
'I cannot begin to express my disgust towards such irresponsible, reckless behavior.
'Let me repeat: if you are engaged in this kind of activity, you are breaking the law, and you are endangering the lives of your fellow Marylanders.
'State and local authorities will continue to take aggressive enforcement action as we work to prevent the spread of #Covid19.'
Hogan called Myers' behavior 'irresponsible' and 'reckless' on Twitter after the 41-year-old was arrested
Hogan: 'Let me repeat: if you are engaged in this kind of activity, you are breaking the law, and you are endangering the lives of your fellow Marylanders'
Ten Marylanders have died of coronavirus and more than 1,200 have be infected by the disease thus far.
In the US, there are 131,824 reported cases and at least 2,336. Epicenters like New York have totaled 59,513 cases and 965.
At the recommendation of health expert, federal, state and local officials in the US have asked citizens to practice social distancing.
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