Mistaken Release

By: Jennifer Bocchieri
By: Jennifer Bocchieri

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A Kansas prisoner is on the run for six weeks after Georgia authorities simply let him go.

Jonathan Patrick Marshall was serving time at the Lansing State Penitentary. He was extradited to Georgia for another case where authorities released him instead of sending him back to Kansas.

Police in Seminole County Florida caught up with Marshall this morning. He spent weeks on the run because of what some authorities call a simple mistake.

The Lansing State Penitentary was home for Jonathan Patrick Marshall since August of 1993. He went to prison for assaulting a South Hutchinson police officer with a car jack handle.

In January of this year, Georgia authorities took him to Savannah where he stood trial on drug charges. A judge sentenced Marshall to five years probation, but rather than being returned to Kansas he was released.

Marshall was released from the Chatam County jail in late March, all because of a paperwork mix-up. Authorities there didn't realize the mistake until this past Friday, when they were supposed to return Marshall to Kansas. Marshall has been on the run for six weeks.

Chatam County Sheriff's Department Major John Wilcher said, "We don't want these things to happen...human beings make mistakes."

Marshall would have been eligible for parole here in Kansas last month.


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