Jonny previously reported
that Pablo Airaldi, resident of Bed-Stuy's Chicken Coop, bike messenger, and co-founder of Greenpoint Bikes
, was held in immigrant detention and facing deportation over a ten-year-old suspended sentence. (He came to America from Uruguay with his mother when he was seven, and became a legal permanent resident; as a teenager in Indiana, he plead guilty to transporting stolen auto parts.) On Thursday—the day after a Village Voice cover story
highlighted his plight, and the efforts of his friends to raise the money to get him out of detention—he was freed
, and the threat of deportation lifted, after the Indiana judge who sentenced him years ago was persuaded to amend Airaldi's years-old sentence to 364 days (legal permanent residents can be deported if sentenced to terms of a year or more). So, congratulations, bike-racing fundraisers.