Released from Vermont custody, actor Randy Quaid and his wife said Thursday they will now turn their attention to resolving five-year-old criminal charges in California that they squatted in a home they once owned and vandalized the property. A Vermont judge dismissed fugitive-from-justice charges against the couple and released them, citing discrepancies in some dates and saying she couldn't find probable cause to support the accusations. The Quaids are wanted in Santa Barbara, California, on felony charges filed in 2010 after they were found living in a guesthouse of a home they previously owned. The couple fled to Canada and were arrested in Vermont last Friday while trying to re-enter the US.
After they left the courthouse Thursday, the Quaids said they'll stay in Vermont to care for Evi Quaid's ailing father and address the California charges. "I never worried about being found guilty or any of that for any of these charges because I know the truth, and I know the facts are going to come out at some point," Randy Quaid said. Outside court, Randy Quaid spoke about his stay in jail. He told reporters he was on a wing with three other men, and they all got along and played a lot of cribbage and Sudoku. "The food wasn't so bad," he said. The Quaids said they were pleased to be in Vermont, and Randy joked about possibly becoming a firefighter.