ROANOKE, Va. – The Virginia Court of Appeals has reversed a ruling denying bond for former Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr.
Back in August, the former councilman was sentenced to more than two years behind bars for embezzlement after he allegedly used funds meant to help him manage Northwest Neighborhood Environmental Organization (NNEO) to pay for personal expenses.
At the time, Roanoke City Circuit Judge David Carson had denied bail for Jeffrey.
On Wednesday, a three-judge reversed the ruling denying bond and ordered the trial court to set reasonable conditions for Jeffrey’s release.
10 News reached out to Jeffrey’s lawyer, Melvin Hill.
“The court of appeals ordered that the circuit court set a bond, so he will get a bond on Tuesday. The question is the amount of bond, and the question is also what other terms and conditions Judge Carlson will impose,” Hill said.
Hill had originally asked the judge for a $5,000 bail. The judge came back and pitched a $25,000 bail. The exact amount will be decided on Oct. 11.
The court will also discuss other considerations and requirements for Jeffrey’s release. Hill said things like a curfew for the defendant could be discussed during that meeting.