SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – Convicted former Springfield police officer Jeffrey Asher is out of jail, but still remains in state custody.
Hampden County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Richard McCarthy says that Asher is now in “re-entry community custody,” which means that Asher is out of jail and can live at home, but has to work out a schedule with officials on when he will report daily and when he is going to leave the home.
He must also “stay away from any intoxicants” and is subject to random testing.
Asher was sentenced back in March to 18 months in jail for his beating of Melvin Jones III during a traffic stop in January 2010.
Asher could be released from state custody in as little as two months. McCarthy notes that Asher is eligible for parole in two months, and could wrap up his sentence in six months for “good time.”
If Asher violates any condition while on this “re-entry” program, he would return to jail, McCarthy says.