Judge orders Sherman’s release without bail


A King County (Washington) judge ordered Richard Sherman released from custody on his personal recognizance Thursday under several conditions.

Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai also ordered Sherman not to drink alcohol or do drugs and he is not allowed to have contact with his father-in-law as part of his conditions to be released. Sherman also is not allowed to possess a weapon.

Sherman, who did not appear before the judge in Thursday’s hearing and was represented by his attorney, was released without bail after prosecutors had requested bail of $10,000 be set.

“I see Mr. Sherman as a pillar in this community. He’s a business owner, a husband, he’s a father. I’m going to release Sherman on his own promise to return to court,” Masaniai said during the hearing, according to KING 5 News.

Masaniai found probable cause that Sherman could be charged with four offenses: misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor charges of criminal trespass in the second degree and malicious mischief in the third degree, both carrying domestic violence designations, and misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and driving under the influence.

King County prosecutors did not ask Masaniai to consider the felony charge of burglary domestic violence that the free-agent cornerback was booked for at 6:08 a.m. Thursday after he was arrested for allegedly trying to break into his wife’s parents’ residence.

Sherman’s next hearing is set for 2 p.m. PT on Friday. He does not have to be present for the hearing and can be represented by his attorney.

King County prosecutors are still reviewing law enforcement documents and have not made a decision on whether to pursue charges. A charging decision is expected as soon as Friday, according to a spokesperson with the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

ESPN’s Brady Henderson contributed to this report.

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