Inmate Freed By Mistake Nine Months Ago Back In Prison

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Chicago man is back behind bars after being mistakenly released from prison last December due to an apparent paperwork mix-up.

Thirty-three-year-old Walter Dixon was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison by an Iowa judge for dealing heroin that killed a person. But before Dixon could begin serving it, he was set free from the Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Joliet where he was completing a sentence for an unrelated Cook County offense.

Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Dixon was not transferred to federal custody because the department never received a detainer order.

Ken Robinson of the Marshals Service says deputies arrested Dixon after receiving a call last week from Iowa authorities who had just learned of the mistaken release.

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