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Murder suspect mistakenly released from Cuyahoga County jail due to typo

Murder suspect mistakenly released from Cuyahoga County jail due to typo
Murder suspect mistakenly released from Cuyahoga County jail due to typo

CLEVELAND – The Cuyahoga County Court regrets the error that led to a man accused of murder being mistakenly released from the Cuyahoga County Jail Monday night.

U.S. Marshals found 22-year-old Amarion Sanders in a vehicle on West 44th Street Wednesday morning after his accidental release sparked a manhunt for him.

Sanders is accused of aggravated murder in the shooting death of Derek Driskill last September.

What went wrong

The court’s statement said that criminal cases with consecutive numbers were randomly assigned to Judge Timothy J. McGinty’s docket, “which is unusual in a bench of 34 judges.”

McGinty, who serves as a visiting judge in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, dismissed one of the two cases on Monday.

When a court employee entered the release information into his system, he accidentally entered Sanders’ case number.

Sanders’ case number is CR-23-685908.

The other defendant’s case number is CR-23-685909.

The information was then forwarded to the prison’s records department.

According to prison officials, Sanders was released around 6:30 p.m. Monday evening.

The court’s statement also states: “If the cases had been on different files, the system would have indicated the error during entry.”

Acting Corrections Director Nestor Rivera said the court and the Cuyahoga County Attorney’s Office informed them of the error around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force found Sanders in a vehicle on West 44th Street around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court and the Cuyahoga County Jail Department said they would review their procedures to avoid further errors in the future.

“This incident is unfortunate and we will do our best to ensure that an incident of this nature does not happen again,” Rivera said.

A worried family

After learning of Sanders’ release, Driskill’s family said in an interview with News 5 on Tuesday that they were concerned for her safety.

“It’s not fair. There are so many people in prison for crimes they may not have committed. But if someone is caught on video doing it, how can they be released by mistake?” said Driskill’s wife, Andrea Johnson.

Johnson said Cuyahoga County officials apologized, but she was still shocked that such a mistake could happen.

“It’s really unbelievable,” she said. “I just don’t understand it.”

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