Judge finds probable cause for four misdemeanor charges for Richard Sherman

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Why did Richard Sherman go to jail?

The 33-year-old Sherman suffered a lower leg laceration from the police dog used in his arrest, was taken to a hospital for treatment of his injures and subsequently booked into jail at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on suspicion of resisting arrest, malicious mischief and residential burglary. USA TODAYRichard Sherman released from jail after court hearing; charges pending for four misdemeanors

While King County District Court Judge Fa’amomoi Masaniai felt comfortable releasing Richard Sherman from jail without bail on Thursday, he also felt there was probably cause for four separate misdemeanor charges to be levied against the free agent cornerback.

Via Sara Jean Green and Paige Cornwell of the Seattle Times, Masaniai found probable cause that Sherman committed misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes of second-degree criminal trespass and third-degree malicious mischief when he attempted to break into the home of his in-laws. Both offenses carry domestic violence designations.

Additionally, Masaniai found probable cause that Sherman resisted arrest and drove while intoxicated.

Charges have yet to be officially filed but are expected.

Sherman is alleged to have crashed a vehicle in a construction zone, incurring significant damage to the car, before abandoning the car and continuing to the home of his in-laws. Sherman then damaged the home while having a verbal argument through a locked door with the occupants of the house. Video of the incident, via TMZ, shows Sherman throwing himself into the locked door multiple times.

Sherman then resisted arrest when officers arrived and police a K-9 unit was deployed to help bring him into custody.

Masaniai also ordered that Sherman is not have contact with his father-in-law, not to use alcohol or nonprescription drugs, and that he cannot possess a weapon.

Sherman is set to have another hearing on Friday, though he is not required to appear.

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Richard Sherman Released From Jail W/o Bail, Judge Says NFLer Is 'Pillar In This Community'

TMZ 16 July, 2021 - 03:00am

The King County court judge, however, did put some conditions on the release ... including ordering Sherman to stay away from his father-in-law, as well as not possess any firearms.

The judge also made it clear Sherman is to not consume any alcohol ... and ordered the former Seattle Seahawks cornerback to appear in person for all future court dates.

It's a pretty big win for Sherman -- who did not appear in the Washington court and was instead represented by his attorney -- considering prosecutors were asking the judge to set the NFL star's bail at $10,000.

As part of his ruling, the judge said of Sherman, "I see Mr. Sherman is a pillar in this community. He's a business owner. He's a husband. He's a father."

"I'm going to release Mr. Sherman on his own promise to return to court."

Sherman is potentially facing multiple criminal charges, including resisting arrest and DUI.

Free-agent CB Richard Sherman released, now facing four misdemeanors

NFL.com 16 July, 2021 - 03:00am

Richard Sherman, a free-agent cornerback and 10-year NFL veteran, has been released from King County (Wash.) Correctional Facility following a King County judge's order of his release without bail Thursday.

Sherman is now scheduled to appear in court Friday at 8:30 a.m. PT for a second hearing to face four misdemeanor charges -- criminal trespass (domestic violence designation), malicious mischief, DUI and resisting arrest -- stemming from a Wednesday arrest.

King County District Court Judge Fa'amomoi Masaniai declined to set $10,000 bail, which was requested by prosecutors. Masaniai referred to Sherman, who was not at the hearing, as a "pillar of the community," per the Associated Press.

"We're investigating the circumstances related to these allegations by the state," Sherman's attorney, Cooper Offenbecher, said Thursday, per the Tacoma News Tribune. "Richard is thankful to have support of his family and friends. We look forward to vigorously defending this case in court."

Sherman's wife, Ashley Moss, issued a statement following the hearing.

"I love and support my husband," the statement read, per the AP. "I am committed to helping Richard get the support and care that he needs. Richard has always been a loving father and husband. And we are looking forward to seeing him at home with his family."

Sherman, 33, was arrested near Seattle on Wednesday morning and booked for resisting arrest, malicious mischief and burglary domestic violence. He was also being investigated by the Washington State Patrol in an alleged hit-and-run and DUI while driving through a closed construction zone.

Prosecutors on Thursday did not seek a charge for burglary domestic violence and it was downgraded to the aforementioned charge of criminal trespass with a domestic violence designation.

Three of the charges stem from an incident Wednesday morning when Sherman arrived at a family member's house – identified as his wife's parents' residence – and attempted to force his way into the home and officers were called onto the scene. Upon his attempt to enter the home, Sherman allegedly caused damage to the door of the residence, which brought about the malicious mischief charge.

After police arrived and spoke with Sherman, he attempted to walk away, according to Redmond (Wash.) police chief Darrell Lowe in a Wednesday news conference. Thereafter, per Lowe, officers made physical contact with Sherman, who resisted arrest. In the ensuing altercation, a K-9 was deployed to aid in getting Sherman into custody. Sherman and an officer sustained minor injuries, according to Lowe.

Moss spoke with the Seattle Times on Wednesday and said that no family members were injured in the incident.

Earlier in the evening, a 911 call reported that a possibly impaired driver had entered a closed construction zone, Washington State Patrol captain Ron Mead said Wednesday. The license plate reported Sherman as owner of the car, which was later found abandoned in a nearby parking lot and appeared to have sustained significant damage. This incident led to the DUI charge.

The NFL released the following statement on Sherman Wednesday:

"Free agents are eligible to sign with any team. The league investigates any incident involving law enforcement and if there is a violation of the personal conduct policy the player would be facing discipline."

Over the first seven seasons of his career, Sherman played for the Seattle Seahawks and earned five Pro Bowl selections and helped the team win a Super Bowl. He then played three seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, including last year. He is currently a free agent.

San Francisco general manager offered his support when speaking with reporters on Thursday.

"More than anything, just praying for them. They're good people," Lynch said of Sherman and his wife Ashley, via NBC Sports Bay Area's NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. "Just praying that they find their way through this and we'll support them any way we can."

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