Another inmate back in custody after accidental release
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
A Florida prison inmate is back in custody after being accidentally released form the Orange County Jail in May.
Orange County Corrections reports that 29-year-old John Lanard Baker was
arrested Thursday, a day after the problem was first discovered.
According to the Florida Department of Corrections, "Baker was inappropriately released, despite clearly documented paperwork that directed the county to turn him back over to DOC custody."
Baker had already been serving a prison sentence with the Florida
Department of Corrections for theft and burglary convictions when he was
transported to Orange County in April to face a grand theft auto
charge. Orange County Corrections employees failed to place a detainer
on him, so following a bond hearing the next month, he was released on
$2,500 bail. Baker returned to court in September, when prosecutors
dropped the grand theft auto charge. And he was again allowed to leave.
Orange County Corrections Chief Cornita Riley
acknowledged in a statement Thursday that her
The FDOC says the incident is being investigated.
This is the second high-profile incident for Orange County in recent weeks. Two killers who escaped from a facility in the Panhandle came to Orange County and registered with the Orange County Jail.
Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins were processed and released between mid-September and early October. Both men are back in custody.