23-year-old Otis Mobley Jr. teamed up with two other men to sell a grenade launcher, an attempt that failed and landed him behind bars and caused gun fire to be exchanged. On Monday U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers decided to release Otis on bail, but only if he promised to read books every day and submit book reports to the judge.
Judge Rogers ordered Mobley Jr. to read for one hour every day and write reports for 30 minutes.
In the meantime it will be up to the judge to choose which books Mobley must read on a daily basis.
Realizing that prosecutors were likely to file an appeal the judge delayed her release order until Tuesday morning to give them time to file the proper paperwork. Prosecutors said in court filed paperwork that the father of a 4-year-old boy is a flight risk and a “poly-substance abuser” who poses a direct threat to his community.
According to the SF Gate, the release upholds an April 23 ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore and also requires Mobley to post a $150,000 bond and wear an ankle monitor while staying in the custody of his grandmother.
Otis and his three accomplices have been charged with alleged conspiracy to commit robbery, assault on a federal officer, robbery and also a weapons violation.
So what does a grenade launcher go for these days? The four men wanted just $1,000 for the deadly device, although the sale is said to have been a ruse for their planned robbery of the buyer.