Feds charge East Bay men who were publicized after being released from jail due to $0 bail coronavirus policy

OAKLAND — In separate cases, federal prosecutors have charged two men who were re-arrested a short time after being freed from county jail through a statewide policy intended to reduce pretrial incarceration during the COVID-19 pandemic — and then had their cases publicized by local authorities eager to curtail the policy.

The filing of federal charges may lead to longer jail stays for both men, as federal judges — unlike their counterparts in state court — use a different set of guidelines to determine whether a criminal defendant should be jailed pending the resolution of his or her case.

Over the past week, federal prosecutors have charged Kristopher Sylvester, 34, with illegal gun possession, and Rocky Music, 32, with carjacking. If convicted, Sylvester faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, while Music faces a maximum of 15 years…read more

Published:  May 26, 2020
By:  Nate Gartrell, Bay Area News Group

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