Man charged with shooting at mayoral candidate leaves jail after local nonprofit posts bond | News

Via Peters

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Louisville Community Bail Fund posted the $100,000 bond for the man charged with opening fire at a Louisville mayoral candidate’s office Monday morning.

Quintez Brown, 21, is charged with attempted murder and four counts of wanton endangerment after allegedly firing shots inside the campaign office of Craig Greenberg.

At his arraignment Monday, Judge Annette Karem raised Brown’s bond from $75,000 to $100,000 and said if bond was posted, Brown would be released to home incarceration. Attorney Rob Eggert said in court that he planned to have a psychiatric evaluation for Brown, whom he said has “serious mental issues.”

Surrounded by loved ones, Brown left Louisville Metro Corrections just before 8 p.m. Wednesday after getting his ankle monitor at the HIP office. 

Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell said it is “frustrating” that his office “has such little control in these situations.”

“Unlike the federal system, bond must be set under Kentucky law. We successfully argued for and received a higher bond commensurate with the seriousness of the offense. We successfully argued that if posted, the defendant should be on home incarceration. However, the criteria of release should not be the ability to access a certain amount of money,” O’Connell said. “It should be the threat to the community and whether there is a history of non appearance in court. I’ve said previously that people should not be in jail just because they can’t afford bond or be released just because they can. We should have a system like the federal government where my office can provide evidence and a judge can decide. Kentucky current system does not allow that. Our office has kept the victim involved throughout this process.”

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer also released a statement following Brown’s release. He said Brown’s bond and release “have been decided independently by a judge.”

“Mr. Brown will be monitored by the Department of Corrections, consistent with Home Incarceration Program rules and regulations and any conditions set forth in the court order, including use of a GPS monitoring device and home checks. Alerts will notify HIP personnel if the device is tampered with or goes outside the geofence,” Fischer said.

Brown was arrested Monday soon after police said he used a 9 mm Glock to fire shots into Greenberg’s campaign office in the Butchertown Market on Story Avenue. Police said they have not determined a motive, but it appears Brown acted alone.

No one in Greenberg’s campaign office was injured, but he was grazed by a bullet that left a hole in the sweater he was wearing. 

Brown is a an independent candidate for Louisville Metro Council District 5, and he has been active with Black Lives Matter Louisville and the University of Louisville’s Youth Violence Prevention Research Center. Brown worked as an intern at the Courier Journal and was a frequent contributor to the opinion page.

In the summer of 2021, Brown went missing for 11 days. After he was found, no information was released by police about where Brown had been, but his parents released a statement asking for privacy while the family tended to Brown’s “physical, mental and spiritual health.”

Brown’s mentor, Ricky Jones, was his professor at the University of Louisville. He said Brown’s release from jail is not even half the battle.

“I don’t think he needs to be in jail, alright, but he does not need to leave a jail and go home, or back out here,” Jones said. “He needs to leave that facility and go to a facility … and I’m not familiar with all the facilities in Louisville … but he needs to go to a facility to get some help.”

Organizers with the Louisville Community Bail Fund said with Brown’s mental health in mind, it’s imperative that he gets out of jail to address his mental issues.

“This would alter anybody else’s mind. This has nothing to do with just him, this has to do with the overall system in place,” Chanelle Helm, an organizer with Black Lives Matter Louisville, said. “What I am concerned about, specifically, for Quintez is that he absolutely has the resources that he needs and has a bulk of support waiting on him to gather these resources and people standing by in the wing to take him.”

The Louisville Community Bail Fund collects donations to combat the financial barriers for people “who find themselves against the criminal justice system.” Its website said, “Cash bail is one of the aspects of the criminal justice system that keeps communities wrapped up in systemic slavery and in debt. The need to end cash bail is not new.”

In Frankfort, the State House is considering a bill to make charitable bail illegal in Kentucky, but some organizations are pushing against it. House Bill 313 was introduced in January by Rep. John Blanton, R-Salyersville, and Rep. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville. If passed, the bill would outlaw services provided by groups like the Louisville Community Bail Fund.

Greenberg’s campaign office has not yet responded to a request for comment on Brown’s release.

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