Former Councilman is out on bond
Former Roanoke City Councilman Robert Jeffrey Jr.has has been released from prison after four and a half months. four and a half months once a judge set bail. Jeffrey had been asked to resign his position when criminal charges were brought against him but refused. he was removed from office once he was convicted. that cost him his office and put him in jeopardy of going to prison later this year.
The Roanoke Times says Jeffrey hugged his mother as he walked to her car, pausing only to respond when asked how he was feeling. Jeffrey replied "A 53-year-old kidney patient, "Need a cheeseburger."
Jeffrey initially denied bond
Jeffrey was the publisher of Roanoke Colors magazine and also operated a property management business. He is facing scheduled sentencing next month for obtaining pandemic relief money under false pretenses for his businesses from the Roanoke Economic Development Authority.
He was also convicted for a series of embezzlements from the Northwest Neighborhood Environmental (NNEO) Organization in 2020 and 2021, while working as its property manager. He is accused of embezzling more than $100,000. Jeffrey was initially denied bond but his attorney Melvin Hill argued that he had health problems including kidney failure and was on dialysis.
NNEO is troubled at the turn of events
A court of appeals has since ruled that the former councilman should be released on bond while he awaits sentencing. At that time Brenda Powell, the assistant secretary for the Northwest NNEO sad the following to WSLS 10 News:
“We trusted someone that was in our family and we trusted them and they took our trust for granted,” “And now the community can see we were not being vindictive. He actually did much more than what was brought out in court. But we’re glad that it has come to an end. Now we can move on.”
The judge set bond for Jeffrey at $25,000 secured or $2500 cash and stipulated that the cash bond would go toward restitution to NNEO. Sentancing will be sometime in August.