Judge Ignores NY Bail Reform Laws To Hold 'Menace To Society' Robbery Suspect

Sandy Malone

Nassau County District Judge David McAndrews ordered Romell Nellis held on bail despite new state laws governing bail.

Nassau County, NY – A Long Island judge refused to grant release to a two-time bank robber in intentional defiance of New York’s new bail reform laws that allow all but the most violent criminals to be released without bail.

Nassau County District Judge David McAndrews ordered Romell Nellis held on $10,000 cash bail or a $20,000 bond during a hearing on Jan. 9 in Hempstead, the New York Post reported.

“I don’t want you walking around my neighborhood,” McAndrews told Nellis during the hearing.

Nellis was arrested on Jan. 8 for two bank robberies that he committed a month earlier, the New York Post reported.

He allegedly gave the bank tellers a note that said “I have a gun!” before demanding “$100s, 50s & 20s.”

Court records showed that Nellis made off with $9,500 between the bank robbery in West Hempstead on Dec. 17, 2019 and another in Valley Stream on Dec. 30, 2019, the New York Post reported.

He was awaiting sentencing in Central Islip federal court for violating his supervised release following a seven-year prison term for a 2012 crack trafficking conviction when he committed the robberies.

Court records showed the ex-convict should have been sentenced for that violation on Dec. 16 but his court-appointed defense attorney had gotten a postponement until March because the repeat offender was “scheduled to enter into an in-patient drug-treatment program,” according to the New York Post.

Under New York’s new bail reform, Nellis’ pattern of criminal behavior did nothing to keep the felon behind bars, so the Republican judge took matters into his own hands.

“Although under [Section] 510.10, this does not qualify as a bondable or bail offense, I find this defendant to be a menace to society,” Andrews explained as he ordered the repeat offender held.

Legal Aid attorney Diane Clarke argued that “there are no allegations there was an actual gun used” and appealed Andrews’ move, the New York Post.

A higher-level judge quickly reversed McAndrews’ order and Nellis was released with an ankle monitoring device.

On Jan. 13, Nassau County Judge Christopher Quinn ordered Nellis to be released without bail after he was fitted with a GPS tracking device, according to the New York Post.

But the transcript from Nellis’ next hearing on Jan. 15 proved that the career felon was a no-show for court.

Nassau County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor Jed Painter told the judge “we received a strap notification that he cut off his bracelet two days ago,” the New York Post reported.

That means the 40-year-old Nellis removed his ankle monitor as soon as he was released from custody and had disappeared off law enforcement’s radar.

Local police were furious about the entire situation, the New York Post reported.

“He’s out there, somewhere, able to commit another crime,” Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder warned. “It’s insane, when you think who we’re letting out of jail. It has nothing to do with justice reform.”

“We’re not protecting the victims, and we’ve swung the pendulum way too far,” Commissioner Ryder said.

Nellis has not yet been captured, and neither Clarke nor his court-appointed federal defense attorney would comment on their client absconding from justice, the New York Post reported.

When asked, the judge who initially violated the state’s new bail reform law by not releasing Nellis scot-free refused to say anything about what had happened when his order was reversed.

“You know I can’t comment,” McAndrews said with a smile, according to the New York Post.

Comments (15)
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ikaika
ikaika

Finally! A judge with common sense, a backbone, and the desire to protect the community. Can we clone him!

Woobie46
Woobie46

The guy that let him out needs to go to the pen for about 20 years. HE IS a MENACE to society. Hopefully the coppers will find that he's coming at them with a knife and shoot to kill... He's a gun-totin' felon!!! OH, and also his attorney should go down for appealing the case in the first place. 15 years for her

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Props to the Judge who realized an issue. Unfortunately, he knew his decision would be overturned, but he did whatever was in his power to do what was right.

And the day the suspect was release with an ankle monitor, he cut the strap on the tracker, and didn't show up for court. Gee, who could have seen that one coming? I bet a certain Judge did.....

bronx163
bronx163

I fucking love it!!!!!!

Love how these fucking far left lib retards gained power in ny state and voted in criminal loving politicians. Just love it. Spent decades in nyc watching the south bronx pussy da’s plea bargain and refuse to prosecute savages who terrorize the people of color communities. .
Now they have reached state capitol took control of ny assembly and senate, and the governors office. Blame the 9 million voters in
Nyc, buffalo, and Rochester, and other people of color and liberal epicenters in ny state.

Now retired and sitting back collecting my pension and having a giant laugh.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Feds need to pick him up, take it away from NYS

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

GREAT JOB YOUR HONOR!!!!!!!!! Finally someone who stands up to the stupidity!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

When captured, the criminal should take a long vacation in Dannemora. It’s lovely this time of year.

gottie
gottie

We need more Judges like him...Great Job keeping skum off the street

michelle1964
michelle1964

At least one judge has his mind right.

Stanracer
Stanracer

A judge with a spine and some common sense. Good job, your honour!!!👍

Schick56
Schick56

If I was an LEO in New York, I wouldn't arrest anyone. I'd just write traffic tickets. What's the use, they just let em go. Fucked Up!!!!!

bmh
bmh

My first thought was UNBELIEVABLE, a dem that actually has a brain & knows when & how to use it! Should have known it was a Republican. Didn't know there were any in NY gov't. THANKS for the attempt at sanity amid all the lunatics running loose in the building!
KUDOS TO ANDREWS
Love the smile at the end.💝

Marxest
Marxest

Oh please! He robbed a few banks. It's not like he killed anyone. Lol! Oh man that bail is something else! I feel like trying it out. I wonder what crime I should commit?


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