Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 27, 2014

Police search for inmate mistakenly released in Va


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond authorities are searching for an inmate who was mistakenly released from custody.

Evan Kelsey was convicted on Jan. 28 on attempted murder and firearms charges. He had been free on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond pending the trial.

Col. Roy Witham of the Richmond Sheriff’s Office tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch  that records received by the city jail said Kelsey’s bond wasn’t addressed. He says jail staff believed that meant the court didn’t intend for Kelsey to be held pending sentencing.

On Feb. 12, prosecutors decided not to pursue charges in an unrelated case. When the jail received that information a week later, Witham says staff believed they could no longer hold Kelsey and released him.

A judge ordered Kelsey’s arrest on Tuesday after the mistake was discovered.