2 Fla. Killers on the Loose Thanks to Forged Papers
Charles Walker was supposed to be serving a life sentence
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2013 5:41 AM CDT
Charles Walker.   (Florida Department of Corrections website)
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(Newser) – "Oops" doesn't really cover this one: Florida investigators say two murderers, at least one of whom was serving a life sentence, were wrongly freed from the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle—and they don't know where the men are. The Orlando Sentinel reports that prison officials were fooled into thinking the men's sentences were shortened to 15 years. The mechanism? Forged court paperwork. Joseph Jenkins, 34, was released Sept. 27; Charles Walker, also 34, was set free on Oct. 8.

The documents appeared to have been issued by the Orange County Clerk of Courts. A rep for the Department of Corrections says simply, "I don't know how it happened." Police believe at least one of the men may currently be in Orange County; both are originally from the Orlando area. Walker had been serving a life sentence after a second-degree murder conviction for a 1999 shooting. Jenkins was convicted of murdering a father of six in 1998; the Sentinel reports he was also sentenced to life, but his prison file indicates he was serving 45 years for that crime, plus another five for car theft.
 

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