Suspects who pay bail can be freed under the current system, potentially leaving victims frustrated and feeling vulnerable.
SAN ANTONIO – Sydney Bosworth took to Twitter on Tuesday morning, feeling angry with the justice system.
In a series of tweets, now deleted, she typed her frustration with her accused attacker, Andrew Pantaleon. In June, San Antonio Police said Pantaleon stabbed the young woman multiple times at a local movie theater. At the time, the 24-year-old was a complete stranger to Bosworth. Now he is taking up space in several posts on his social networks.
In one of her now-deleted tweets, which she wrote on Tuesday, she said: “I’m permanently paralyzed in my right arm because of this. It’s not justice, it’s a joke.”
The tweet comes after Bosworth discovered that Pantaleon’s attorney filed an application in early November for a modified bail condition. According to Pantaleon’s attorney, the change is to remove the full GPS condition and replace it with a partial GPS for work so he can keep his job. In other words, if the request is approved, Pantaleon would be allowed to leave his home to work.
The request is currently pending.
In a statement to KENS 5, Bosworth’s attorney said: “Ms. Bosworth rightly has strong feelings about her attacker. She was brutally stabbed in a movie theater without provocation and without cause. No one in the district attorney’s office called Ms Bosworth to alert her to this requested change in her bail terms, tell her what the change might be, or even ask her position on the matter.
Pantaleon was first released on bail in June, just a day after being held in Bexar County Jail on $ 150,000 bail. His lawyer said his bond included a condition that places him under house arrest. Still, his release from prison and possibly his job makes Bosworth uncomfortable.
“This is the cost of our cash bond system,” said Christian Henrickson, chief legal officer for the Bexar County district attorney.
Henrickson, who does not speak directly to the case, said it is a common misconception that just because someone is charged with a serious offense, they are going to stay in jail until they are be judged. He said if the person has the money to post a bond, they will. Others can go to court and ask for a bail reduction, as in the high-profile case of Andre McDonald, accused of murdering his wife in 2019. He posted a bond on November 12 after his lawyer was successful. to reduce his bond to $ 250,000.
“Basically, the law allows the judge to review the facts of the case, the crime for which they are accused and whether or not the accused are a danger to the community. So obviously if a case is a murder case , something where a victim is seriously injured or abused, is something that a judge will take into consideration when setting a bond. [However] judges are not allowed to make the connection with the intention to detain, ”he said.
Henrickson said there are very few instances where a person can be detained without bail. Yet in cases where a bond is issued, a judge can then add conditions such as GPS monitoring, house arrest, among others. However, even these conditions can possibly be changed.
“A defense attorney can argue that the condition is too onerous, unnecessary,” Henrickson said.
This is a reality that Bosworth now faces with Pantaleon’s claim. So far, her lawyer said in the statement: “She is following her attacker closely to ensure justice is served to her attacker.”