A SHOCKING security breach at a California prison led to the release of a life sentence inmate.
Officials blamed human error for the error after Shaquille Lash was released from the main Sacramento County jail.
Lash was released from jail at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night and was taken back into police custody around 1 p.m. Thursday, police officers said.
The error was branded “troubling” by police.
“We will investigate whether there was a procedural error, human error, or a combination of both,” Sacramento County Sgt. Rod Grassmann said. “Once we’ve established that, we’ll look at each area.”
Lash was located in Stockton, Ca, about 40 minutes from Sacramento.
The sheriff’s office, detectives and officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were able to locate him, Fox 40 reported.
Police believe Lash has ties to San Joaquin County, where the city of Stockton is located, which would help explain how he got there.
According to Grassmann, Lash was serving a life sentence with the possibility of parole for multiple crimes, including auto theft, second-degree robbery with enhancements for committing a street gang operation, gun possession and vehicle theft, Fox 40 reported.
Those crimes stemmed from a 2013 conviction.
Lash, 28, was due in court on Friday over alleged unemployment insurance fraud.
“We are glad that Mr. Lash could not commit any further acts of violence in his absence,” said Grassmann. “It’s certainly a relief for everyone.”
A similar event recently occurred in Missouri when three men escaped from prison.
One inmate was caught in Wyoming, about 800 miles from the jail, while the other two are still at large, NBC News reported.
Authorities believed the other two inmates were “armed and dangerous.”
The US Marshals Service is currently assisting local authorities in locating the two men.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5540207/sacramento-prison-released-life-sentence-error/ A life prisoner is accidentally released from prison, leading to a “disturbing” security breach