Ryan Edwards was supposed to be spending his holiday season behind bars but the Teen Mom OG dad was suddenly sprung from the slammer early enough to enjoy the holiday season with his girlfriend and family.
The Ashley can exclusively reveal that, on December 23, Ryan was released from the Tennessee jail he’d been incarcerated at since his December 8 court date. According to court records obtained by The Ashley, Judge Gary Starnes (who has arguably always gone very easy on Ryan despite his years of mayhem) ordered Ryan be released from jail “as soon as possible” on December 23.
(As The Ashley previously reported, Judge Starnes cracked down hard on Ryan at the last court hearing, ordering him to remain in jail at least until his January 17, 2024 court date, due to Ryan continuing to get in trouble and not completing his court-ordered requirements.)
Judge Starnes is now requiring that Ryan come to court on January 2 for his next hearing, meaning that Ryan will also be a free man for the New Year’s holidays (provided he manages to stay out of trouble until then.)
The Ashley hears that Ryan is currently shacking up with his met-in-rehab girlfriend Amanda Conner.
Ryan’s sudden release is a far cry from the scene of his December 8 court hearing, where the DA urged the judge to sentence Ryan to his original, full three-year jail sentence. The DA told Judge Starnes that Ryan needed to do “simple” things to stay out of jail: continue with his Vivitrol shots (which he was overdue for at the time of the hearing); submit progress reports and attend AA meetings. However, Ryan has not been doing them.
Judge Starnes, for once, did not side with Ryan, stating, “He has failed to do what he’s supposed to…He wants to stand here and ask for more time to do it. How many more chances does Mr. Edwards think he’s going to get? What do you think when he doesn’t follow the program? He has gotten so many chances and every single time he got an opportunity to do things he should’ve been doing. Now he’s back again.”
The reason Ryan was suddenly released early from jail on December 23 is unknown. The Ashley will update this story when more info is available.