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Cops Mistakenly Released Inmate; Wife Sends Him Back

'We appreciate that she recognized his error,' says sheriff's rep
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 22, 2018 12:16 PM CDT
James Rynerson   (Mesa County Sheriff)

(Newser) – Court records say a Colorado inmate, mistakenly released from jail, enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife made him turn himself in. James Rynerson was in custody late last month at the Mesa County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond while awaiting prosecution on menacing, disorderly conduct, and trespass charges, reports the AP. Rynerson, 38, was released after Mesa County sheriff's deputies at the jail mistook him for another inmate, Marvin March, who was awaiting release. Rynerson's wife was surprised to find him in her garage shortly after. "(Rynerson's wife) told Inmate Rynerson he needed to turn himself in after he informed her he had been released under another person's name," the court report said, per the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

She "convinced Inmate Rynerson to go back, and personally drove him back to the Mesa County Detention Facility." Mesa County Sheriff's Sgt. Henry Stoffel said Wednesday that jail employees broke procedure when they failed to check Rynerson's wristband and picture, and that an investigation is ongoing to determine whether jail policy needs to be updated. He credited Rynerson's wife for his return. "We appreciate that she recognized his error and recommended that he turn himself in before it became something more significant," he said. Rynerson, meanwhile, faces new charges for his efforts, including escape, forgery, criminal impersonation, and theft.

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