Savannah rapper Quando Rondo’s bond not revoked, new stipulations added
SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah rapper Quando Rondo will remain out of jail after a judge denied an ask from prosecutors to revoke bond.
Quando Rondo, whose real name is Tyquian Bowman, was indicted last month on drug and gang charges.
He will stay out on bond, but with a few more conditions.
Chatham County Judge Tammy Stokes said she wasn’t convinced to revoke Bowman’s bond.
Thursday’s hearing all stemmed from a July 19 incident in which prosecutors say Bowman was seen speeding on the Truman Parkway and ultimately rear-ended another vehicle. They say emergency crews had to give Bowman Narcan because he was showing signs of an overdose.
After he was taken to the hospital, prosecutors say that Bowman became belligerent with hospital staff and had to be sedated.
Prosecutors wanted the rapper’s bond revoked because they say these alleged actions violated Bowman’s bond conditions that he can’t break the law and use or have illegal drugs.
Bowman’s lawyer said the rapper was not driving recklessly and some of the drugs he tested positive for were prescriptions.
Ultimately, Judge Stokes did not revoke Bowman’s bond but did say the rapper cannot drive and must undergo drug screenings.
There was an exchange between Judge Stokes and Bowman following her decision. Take a listen.
“You are a young man with a career in front of you, all sorts of opportunities. But the bottom line, it’s on you, whether or not you fulfill the dreams that you have,” Stokes said. “You shall not drive. Do you understand?
“Yes ma’am,” Bowman said.
“And do you understand what could happen if you do drive a vehicle?” Stokes asked.
“Yes ma’am,” Bowman responded.
“And what would that be?” Stokes asked.
“Jail,” Bowman said.
“Jail. You’ll be in violation of my order, and you do not want to be in violation of my order. Do you understand?” Stokes said.
“Yes ma’am,” Bowman replied.
WTOC did try to talk with Bowman and his lawyer outside the courtroom, but they did not want to interview.
You may remember that Bowman was initially granted a $100,000 bond last month after he was indicted for drug and gang charges.
Prosecutors said Bowman helped manage a gang in Savannah.
The rapper is signed to Atlantic Records.
Bowman’s next court date is scheduled for Sept. 14 when he is set to be arraigned on those charges.
In their filing, state prosecutors say the investigation into the car crash is ongoing.
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