Reports from Associated Press in Florida indicate Williams released a Florida felon on $25,000 bond today. Oscar Richardson, 61, has been on the lam from the Sunshine State for 30 years after breaking out of prison, where he was serving a 10-year sentence for committing two violent crimes:
The news prompted an angry response from agency commissioner Gerald Bailey, who blasted the Missouri judge for allowing the release.
"I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the irresponsible decision of Judge Tony Williams to allow Oscar Richardson to post bond," Bailey said. "Allowing this fugitive to walk out of a courtroom after hiding from authorities for 30 years diminishes the seriousness of his crimes and shows a lack of sensitivity for those he victimized."
Richardson's criminal history dates to January 1977, when he held two employees at gunpoint at a Tampa drugstore and demanded money from the store safe. Later that year, he used a gun to rob a Tampa convenience store. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison.
But in March of 1979, Richardson escaped from the Kissimmee Work Release Center. Madden said shortly after his escape, Richardson made his way to Missouri, where he lived in the same house for 26 years.