Jussie Smollett was sentenced to a low-level felony charge last week. Last night America got another surprise from the actor, who was quietly released from jail last night around 8pm.
Smollett was convicted and sentenced to serve 150 days and since then, both he and his family have been pleading with the court to release him while his appeal was pending. It appears the pleas did work because two out of three judges voted to release the “Empire” actor, citing his clean past of violent crimes.
PEOPLE confirmed that on Wednesday, the Illinois Appellate Court granted Smollett’s release from jail pending an appeal, where Smollett would need to sign a recognizance bond in the amount of $150,000.
Court documents obtained by PEOPLE state that the order was granted because “the defendant has been convicted on non-violent offenses” and that the court “will be unable to dispose of the instant appeal before the defendant would have served his entire sentence of incarceration.”
Announcement of Jussie’s release:
Watch Jussie swiftly walking out of jail and into an unmarked vehicle after being safely escorted by a handful of guards dressed in all black.