Judge grants 21 Savage's bail release; he must remain under house arrest in Utah

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Judge grants 21 Savage's bail release; he must remain under house arrest in Utah

A federal judge reversed course Friday and said local rapper 21 Savage does not have to remain jailed while awaiting trial in Atlanta on racketeering charges but will be under 24-hour house arrest in Utah.

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard B. Russell, of Atlanta, said the chart-topping rap artist, whose real name is Shéyaa Abraham-Joseph, must post a $1.5 million property bond or put $500,000 cash into a trust account of his attorneys before he can be released to home confinement.

One of Joseph's attorneys, Andre Belanger, said Joseph also must make an appearance next week before a judge in Los Angeles on a charge of felon in possession of a firearm and be released on bond there before he can begin his house arrest in Utah on his Georgia racketeering charges. Belanger said he expects prosecutors to fight for Joseph's detention in California, but added he's "cautiously optimistic" that something similar to what happened in Atlanta federal court Friday will occur in Los Angeles.

"We are grateful for Mr. Joseph's release and know he will abide by the bail conditions imposed by the court," Belanger said. Joseph was relieved by the judge's ruling, the lawyer added. "That's been on his mind non-stop," Belanger said. Federal prosecutors asked Russell to stay the ruling he made Friday, but Belanger said the judge denied that request.

Joseph has been in federal custody since January 2 when agents arrested him in Georgia. A federal grand jury in Atlanta had indicted him March 10 on charges that he possessed a firearm as a felon and that he possessed a firearm not registered to him in a federal database.

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