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Man accused of violent crimes released from jail by mistake

A man who was being detained in an Illinois state prison was recently paroled in connection with an armed robbery conviction. However, authorities subsequently claimed his release was a mistake because he had also been accused of violent crimes, namely murder, for which a $2 million bail had been set. A manhunt ensued in the week that followed.

The United States Marshals Service was called in to assist authorities in their search for the man they labeled a fugitive. Many readers may wonder how someone who was released from jail by authorities could then be called a fugitive. At any rate, the situation came to a climax some seven days later in another state.

The man was reportedly sleeping in an apartment that belonged to the friend of one of his family members when he was awakened by law enforcement agents. He was taken into custody at that time and did not resist in any way. The state officers who had processed his release said they saw nothing in his paperwork that instructed them to keep him in custody. It's logical to assume that someone facing such a complicated situation would want to discuss the matter with a defense attorney as soon as possible.

Illinois authorities were first made aware of their supposed mistake when they were alerted to the man's change of status by the murder victim's mother. Since he was in another state when he was located, he is now slated to appear at an extradition hearing. In the meantime, state and county officials in Illinois are squabbling over who should bear the blame for erroneously releasing a man from prison who still stands accused of committing violent crimes; the transfer process has reportedly been changed since then as well.

Source: ABC 7, "Rude Awakening: Illinois murder fugitive rousted from sleep in Georgia", Chuck Goudie, March 6, 2017

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