Florida Inmate Back In Custody After Accidental Release

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida prison inmate is back in custody after being accidentally released form the Orange County Jail in May.

Orange County Corrections reports that 29-year-old John Lanard Baker was arrested Thursday, a day after the problem was first discovered.

Baker had already been serving a prison sentence with the Florida Department of Corrections for theft and burglary convictions when he was transported to Orange County in April to face a grand theft auto charge. Orange County Corrections employees failed to place a detainer on him, so following a bond hearing the next month, he was released on $2,500 bail. Baker returned to court in September, when prosecutors dropped the grand theft auto charge. And he was again allowed to leave.

Orange County Corrections Chief Cornita Riley acknowledged in a statement Thursday that her department was responsible for the error and that they've already started a detailed inquiry.

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