A man convicted of leaving his stepson to die in a McIntosh County swamp in 2010 was granted bond in hearing Friday morning.
Brian Gale was granted $6,000 bond - $1,000 based on each count in the original indictment.
"I am really thankful to the lord because I know he opened this door for Brian to be getting out. It is the best birthday and Christmas present I could ever have," said Janet Gale, Brian Gale's mother.
This comes after Gale was granted a new trial after a juror testified to texting with the victim's brother. He was found guilty on Oct. 5 of contributing to the deprivation of a minor and involuntary manslaughter.
He was found not guilty of malice murder, felony murder, cruelty to children and child endangerment. He was sentenced to a total five years to serve; five years probation.
Earlier in December, a judge ruled that the juror's texting and talking with a key witness was intentional - not accidental - and does warrant a new trial.
But because of a double jeopardy law - Gale will only go on trial for contributing to the deprivation of a minor and involuntary manslaughter.
Gale was being held at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson for two months and was brought to the McIntosh County jail for the bond hearing.
Paperwork will have to be filed before Gale can be released.