A Key West resident who violated a COVID-19 quarantine order agreed Tuesday to a plea deal in which he will spend 120 days in jail.
Joses Freire Interian also pleaded guilty to an unrelated felony charge of aggravated assault from a separate incident and was sentenced to 120 days on that charge as well, according to the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office. The sentence in both cases will run concurrently so he will serve a maximum of 120 days, according to Chief Assistant State Attorney Val Winter.
The case against Interian’s girlfriend, Yohana Anahi Gonzalez, who is also accused of violating the quarantine order, is still pending, Winter said.
In July, Key West Police Department officers arrested Gonzalez and Interian, who live in the 1800 block of Harris Avenue, on one count each of violating a quarantine order and another charge each of violating an emergency preparedness directive, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office web site.
Neighbors had alerted authorities that Gonzalez and Interian were not abiding by mandatory quarantine orders, City Manager Greg Veliz said. A neighbor of the owner of the home videotaped the pair leaving their property, he said.
“This was a flagrant violation,” Veliz said after the arrest. “We received multiple calls about them. We don’t want a police state, but we need to keep people safe.”
The arrests came as the Florida Keys were experiencing some of its most dramatic increases in the daily number of reported coronavirus cases.
“We are seeking the stiffest penalties for those people who jeopardize the health of our community,” Monroe County State Attorney Dennis Ward said Tuesday.
On Tuesday, Interian also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault charges from a March 2020 incident at the Big Coppitt Key Circle K, where he called a store employee a snitch and threatened him with a golf club, according to the arrest report.