Stories of the Absurd: Incarcerated Man Mistakenly Released

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Heads are going to roll for this faux pas!

Curry County jail mistakenly releases Texas man

The Associated Press – December 11, 2008

CLOVIS, N.M. — A warrant has been issued for a Texas man who was mistakenly released in September from the Curry County jail rather than being returned to Texas authorities to serve out a 12-year drug sentence.

Willie Windom, 46, was released Sept. 29 after charges against him were dismissed in district court in Clovis, interim jail administrator Audrey Barriga said.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says Windom was serving a 12-year sentence in Texas and had been transported to Clovis to face rape and incest charges. He had been held in Texas since February 2007.

The TDCJ records and classification division discovered the mistake Tuesday during a routine audit and authorities immediately issued a warrant for Windom’s arrest, Clark said.

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