Teen freed in gang case after NY church posts bail

April 20, 2011 4:26:10 AM PDT
A former boarding school student charged with being a gun courier for a New York City drug gang has been freed from jail after a prominent Harlem church posted her bail and Rep. Charles Rangel went to court to support her.

Afrika Owes wiped her eyes and members of the Abyssinian Baptist Church prayed as she left a courthouse Tuesday after two months behind bars. Members voted to post $25,000 cash bail for the 17-year-old.

Deacon Gerald Barbour says the church wanted to help a teenager who has been a member since childhood.

Prosecutors say Owes carried a gun for her accused gang leader boyfriend. She has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy and weapon-possession charges.

Rangel said after one of Owes' court appearances last month that "kids make mistakes."