WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- James Rynerson was mistakenly released from prison after guards mixed him up with another inmate scheduled for release that day.
- Rynerson’s wife found him hiding in the garage of their apartment complex and brought him back to prison right away.
- The inmate now faces additional charges, including escape, forgery, criminal impersonation, and theft, according to MSN News.
A case of identity mix-up afforded 38-year old James Rynerson of Grand Junction, Colorado, two hours of freedom when prison guards failed to check his records and released him instead of Marvin March, another inmate in Colorado’s Mesa County Jail, who was scheduled for release that day.
The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports that Rynerson was detained on a $2,000 bond and expecting prosecution on menacing, disorderly conduct and trespass charges.
Earlier, inmates Rynerson and March shared a cell but later on, the latter transferred to his own cell. The transfer was not recorded by the prison staff so, by the time March was due for release, the guards who went to pick him up at Rynerson’s cell mistook Rynerson for March. It was only later that day when March went to inquire about the time of his release did the guards realize their mistake. Fortunately, Rynerson’s wife found him hiding in their apartment garage and immediately drove him back to prison.
In a report from Mesa County Sheriff Henry Stoffel, prison staff did not check Rynerson’s wristband and picture when they released him, so he walked out taking March’ papers and debit card and wearing his leather jacket. Back in jail though, he is now facing additional new charges of forgery, criminal impersonation, and theft.
Source: MSN News