Randy Quaid and his wife Evi have been freed from the Vermont jail where they have been held since Oct. 9, a representative for the Franklin County, Vermont court told TheWrap Thursday.
Presiding judge Alison Arms reviewed the case against the Quaids and initially reduced their bail from $500,000 to $50,000. However, Arms then determined that there was no legal basis for the Quaids to remain incarcerated in Vermont. They were both released immediately without having to post bail.
Randy Quaid told reporters outside the courthouse that he looks forward to staying in the town of Lincoln, Vermont, and would like to join the town’s fire department, according to the Burlington Free Press.
The actor, known for his work in such films as “Independence Day” and the “National Lampoons: Vacation” franchise, and Evi were detained at the Vermont border Oct. 9 while trying to enter the U.S. from Canada.
They are considered fugitives, wanted in Santa Barbara, Calif., to face felony vandalism charges from 2010 after authorities said they were found squatting in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned.
The couple allegedly skipped several court appearances and fled to Canada, where Evi was granted citizenship. Randy Quaid was denied his request for permanent residency in Canada.
The actor’s lawyer argued that their $500,000 bail each was disproportionate given that they are accused of causing approximately $10,000 in damages.
The Santa Barbara County district attorney’s office has said it will evaluate what to do next.
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