Criminal Justice

Federal Judge OKs Plan to Release Defendant in ATF Robbery Case If He Writes Book Reports

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A federal judge in California has OKed a magistrate’s plan to release to his grandmother’s custody a 23-year-old defendant accused of participating in a claimed robbery of an agent of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, if he reads and writes daily book reports.

Otis Mobley Jr. must also post $150,000 bond and wear an ankle monitor under the plan approved Monday by U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

The newspaper says Rogers plans to provide Mobley with a reading list.

He is accused, along with two other defendants in the Oakland case, of arranging to sell a grenade launcher to an undercover ATF agent for $1,000. But this allegedly was just a ruse for a robbery of the agent, which resulted in gunplay by the feds when backup agents rushed in to protect their colleague after the trio drew on him.

The judge delayed Mobley’s release until Tuesday to give the government a chance to appeal. Prosecutors contend he is a flight risk.

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