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Richard Sherman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. The NFL free agent was booked at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle and denied bail, according to public records. A judge granted Sherman's release on Thursday after charges were downgraded to five misdemeanor counts.
Sherman, 33, played for the 49ers the past three seasons after starting for the Seahawks from 2011-17. He is also a vice president for the NFL Players Association, which issued a statement Wednesday confirming Sherman's arrest.
Below is a summary of the events that led to Sherman's arrest, based on police accounts and media reports.
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Richard Sherman news
Sherman was arrested and booked at 6:08 a.m. PT (9:08 a.m. ET) Wednesday at the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle on suspicion of burglary domestic violence. On Thursday, Amy Dash, a legal analyst for CBS Sports Radio and Fox Sports Radio, reported that Washington state was charging Sherman with one count each of criminal trespass (domestic violence designation), malicious mischief, driving under the influence and resisting arrest. The charges are all misdemeanors.
State is not asking for a burglary charge against Richard Sherman. It downgraded booking to a charge of criminal trespass which is a misdemeanor. He faces 1 count of these misdemeanors: criminal trespass (domestic violence designation), malicious mischief, DUI & resisting arrest
Richard Sherman Released From Jail, Felony Charge Dropped
The judge has stated that she found probable cause for four non-felony allegations against Sherman.Masaniai also found probable cause that Sherman was driving under the influence of alcohol and resisted arrest.— Amy Dash (@AmyDashTV)
TSN reporter Farhan Lalji followed Dash's update by reporting that Sherman was released without bail.
Sherman released without bail.— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN)
A Redmond Police Department spokesperson toldon Wednesday that "officers showed up to a residence in the Redmond area after receiving a call from the occupants inside the home who claimed a family member who did not live there was trying to break in." They went on to arrest Sherman, but his wife, Ashley Moss, said that everything was OK after the incident.
"He didn’t harm anybody. My kids were not harmed in the incident," Moss told. "He’s a good person and this is not his character. We’re doing all right, just trying to get him out. I want people to know no one was injured."
The Tacoma News Tribune reported on Wednesday that Redmond Police Chief Darrell Lowe said that Sherman is being charged because of his relation to the occupants at the address and "not because of violence against any family member/significant other."
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NFL free-agent CB Richard Sherman was released from jail on Thursday but ordered to appear to face four charges including DUI and criminal trespass.Sherman waived his right to appear at an initial court appearance on Thursday and was represented by his attorney, Cooper Offenbecher.
Redmond police chief Darrell Lowe: Richard Sherman tried to break into house of his ex-in-laws around 2am. Domestic violence specification to the burglary charge is for his relations of address’ occupants, “not because of violence against any family member/significant other”— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle)
In a 911 call obtained by KIRO Radio in Seattle, Moss can be heard saying Sherman was "drunk and belligerant" and that he was threatening to kill himself. She said that there were no weapons in the house, but that Sherman would try to fight police if they showed up. She also said that he had tried to fight her uncle.
Here's the full link:— KIRO Radio 97.3 FM???? (@KIRORadio)
said that Sherman had fought with police officers and that a police dog was used to assist with arresting him.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report the news of Sherman's arrest and also reported that he was denied bail.
Free-agent CB Richard Sherman was booked at 6:08 this am at the Seattle Correctional Facility for “Burglary Domestic Violence”, per King County public records. Sherman also was denied bail.
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Sherman was denied bail because a judge needs to set it "due to the felony nature of the incident," per. Sherman's hearing will take place Thursday. He will remain in the King County Correctional Facility until then.
Richard Sherman has not been formally charged. He cannot be until he appears in King County District Court, which will not be until Thursday afternoon. Until then, Sherman will remain in the King County Correctional Facility in Seattle.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
Video: Richard Sherman pleads not guilty to misdemeanor charges (NFL)
Schefter reported that Sherman is also being investigated in connection with a single-car hit and run. The vehicle is registered to Sherman.
Washington State Police also are investigating Richard Sherman in connection to a hit and run, and damage to state Department of Transportation property. State police say that at about 1:00 a.m. PT, they received a report of a single-car incident. A car struck a concrete barrier— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
The driver apparently was able to drive the vehicle off the exit and abandoned it in a nearby parking lot. The registration was run, and it came back to Richard Sherman.
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The NFL Players Association issued a statement on Sherman's arrest and said the organization had activated its "domestic violence crisis protocol." Sherman is a vice president on the NFLPA's executive committee.
We were made aware of an arrest last night of one of our player leaders for an alleged domestic violence incident and have activated our domestic violence crisis protocol for the protection and support of everyone involved. We will continue to monitor events closely as more facts are made available to us.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
Why was Richard Sherman arrested?
Police responded to a residence in the Redmond, Wash., area after a family member who didn't live at the home attempted to break in,reported. The family member allegedly was Sherman, though police wouldn't confirm the name of the suspect.
Sherman was arrested on suspicion of burglary domestic violence and denied bail. Additionally, an extreme risk protection order has been mandated in this case.
Authorities have yet to provide further details about Sherman's arrest. The case is sealed, according to a notice filed in King County Superior Court.
What is burglary domestic violence?
Washingtondefines two degrees of burglary charges that can be involved with domestic violence. The lesser of the two is burglary in the second degree.
The charge is defined as follows, according to domestic violence defense firm:
A person is guilty of burglary in the second degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building other than a vehicle or a dwelling.
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This is considered a Class B felony. Penalties can include:
- Up to 10 years of jail time
- A fine up to $20,000
The first-degree offense is considered a Class A felony.
A person is guilty of burglary in the first degree if, with intent to commit a crime against a person or property therein, he or she enters or remains unlawfully in a building and if, in entering or while in the building or in immediate flight therefrom, the actor or another participant in the crime (a) is armed with a deadly weapon, or (b) assaults any person.
The penalties for first-degree burglary domestic violence can include:
- A lifetime jail sentence
- Up to $50,000 in fines
What are the charges against Richard Sherman?
Sherman instead faces five lesser misdemeanor charges after prosecutors downgraded the charges from burglary domestic violence.
- Criminal trespass in the second degree
- Malicious mischief in the third degree
- Resisting arrest
- Driving while under the influence
- Reckless endangerment of roadway workers
The misdemeanors carry varrying sentence lengths if Sherman is convicted, none more than a year in jail. He is expected to plead not guilty during an arraignment Friday.
Richard Sherman arrest timeline
- Sherman was arrested at 6:08 a.m. PT July 14. He was denied bail. An extreme risk protection order was entered against him earlier in the year.
- Sherman is also being investigated in a single-car hit-and-run accident. The vehicle involved was registered to him.
- Sherman is a free agent. He played in five games for the 49ers in 2020, making 18 tackles and recording one interception.
- Sherman was released on July 15. His charges were downgraded to criminal trespass, malicious mischief, DUI and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.
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