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Judge orders Sherman’s release without bail

A judge ordered a free agent cornerback Richard Sherman released from prison on Thursday after he was arrested on suspicion of breaking into his in-laws’ home northeast of Seattle.

King County District Court judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai found a likely cause that Sherman had committed four crimes: second-degree misdemeanor charges, third-degree malicious misconduct – both labeled domestic violence – and misdemeanor charges for resisting arrest and driving under the influence of alcohol.

The prosecution did not ask the judge to make a statement on a serious home burglary allegation for which he was originally booked. They haven’t filed charges yet, but an indictment decision is expected as early as Friday, according to a King County prosecutor spokesman.

Masaniai declined to give $ 10,000 bail, prosecutors requested. The judge called Sherman, who did not attend the hearing, a “pillar of the community” and stated that he would likely be released as this was his first arrest. He ordered that Sherman, 33, have no contact with his father-in-law, that he did not consume alcohol or non-prescription drugs, and that he had no gun.

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

“I love and support my husband,” Sherman’s wife Ashley Sherman said in a statement after the hearing. “I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care he needs. Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we look forward to seeing him at home with his family. “

At Thursday’s hearing, Sherman’s attorney Cooper Offenbecher did not deny that there was a likely cause for the arrest. But he said Sherman should be released without bail and noted his good work in the community, including founding the Blanket Coverage Foundation, a charity that provides school supplies and clothing to low-income students.

“Richard Sherman is one of the best in our community,” said Offenbecher. “He’s a good person and a good soul. He takes these allegations very seriously. ”

Sherman was belligerent, had drunk a lot and had spoken of suicide when he left his home in the Seattle suburb of Maple Valley late Tuesday, according to police reports. His wife called 911 to try to get the police to stop him.

He was arrested early Wednesday after police said he crashed his car at a construction site along a busy freeway east of Seattle and then tried to break into his in-laws’ home in the Redmond suburb.

His father-in-law, Raymond Moss, told officials that he armed himself with a pistol and fired pepper spray at the NFL cornerback to protect his family when Sherman tried to break in the door with his shoulder.

“The family started screaming in fear,” Moss told police. “I sprayed pepper spray on Sherman’s face through the partially open door when he was still knocking and trying to gain entry. I told him to stop. I armed myself with my handgun at this point for fear of around the safety of me and my family. ”

Police officers were cautious in arresting Sherman because of his size, strength and combat readiness, according to police reports released Thursday. Sherman exhibited “severe mood swings, slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes, and the smell of intoxicants emanating from himself” during contact with authorities at his in-laws’ home, the reports said. Sherman told local authorities that he was upset that his children were taken from him, the reports said.

When told that he had been arrested and ordered to kneel so he could be handcuffed, police reports said, “Sherman ignored these orders and became more hostile and bellicose, stating several times that he would not be arrested or in the handcuffs.”

The officers couldn’t use a taser because they were concerned about igniting the chemical Sherman’s father-in-law had sprayed him with, and police reports said they couldn’t fire a beanbag because they were too close to him. Instead, they released a police dog who bit his ankle and caused a slight cut when other officers on the ground wrestled with him, the reports said.

Sherman’s mood seemed to brighten up while he was in custody, and he even joked about the manner in which the officer had brought him to the ground, according to police reports. Sherman was “courteous and cooperative” at the hospital where he was treated for the K9 bite he suffered while dealing with authorities, the reports say.

In February, King County attorneys and the sheriff obtained an Extreme Risk Protection Order for Sherman banning him from possession of guns after a judge found he posed a threat to himself or others, which was not immediately clear weapons were confiscated from him.

Ashley Sherman told police her husband had taken antidepressants and was receiving psychological advice.

Brady Henderson of ESPN and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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