MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis Fire Chief will be getting out of jail for the holidays after all. Sandra Richards, accused of forging the will of a state representative, will be allowed to post bond.
At first, prosecutors said they believed Richards was a flight risk. Now they don't. A $20,000 bond means two grand sets her free.
Richards is accused of forging the will of her boyfriend, former State Representative Ulysses Jones.
She was supposed to turn herself into police when she was notified of her indictment. When that didn't happen, her bond was initially revoked.
Now Ulysses Jones' family members are disgusted Sandra Richards is getting out of jail.
Joann Jones, the lawmaker's ex-wife, said, "I think it's horrible they allowed her to be a person that is free."
"I'm a solutions oriented kind of guy," stated Richards' attorney, Leslie Ballin. "Bottom line - she'll be able to post bond and be home for the holidays."
The Jones family hoped the judge would keep Richards locked up. It's salt in the wound for a family already in pain.
Richards is scheduled to be back in court next month.