(WICHITA, Kan.) — Ryan Newell is now out of jail. Newell walked out of the Sedgwick County Jail Tuesday afternoon. He was released on his own recognizance and ordered to report to the VA hospital in Wichita.
Newell's $500,000 bond still stands.
Newell, an Afghanistan veteran, was arrested last week after officers saw him following members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The group is known for picketing at soldier funerals.
Before appearing on a courtroom TV, Ryan Newell appeared on your TV. Eyewitness News covered him as he returned home last summer. He was branded a war hero after losing both his legs in Afghanistan. An experience some people say is to blame for his actions last week.
"The focus is to get Ryan out of jail and get him into a facility that can help him deal with the stresses of war." said Jerry Jackson, who's raising money for Newell's defense.