Prisoner serving life is accidentally released from jail in "unsettling" security lapse | The Sun

A SHOCKING security lapse at a California prison lead to a life-sentence inmate being released.

Officers blamed human error for the blunder, after Shaquille Lash was let out of Sacramento County's Main Jail.


Lash was released from prison on Wednesday night at 10:30pm and was taken back into police custody around 1pm on Thursday, cops said.

The lapse was branded "unsettling" by police.

“We will be investigating if there was a procedural failure, human error, or a combination of both,”Sacramento County  Sgt. Rod Grassmann said.“Once we determine that, we will address each area.”  

Lash was located in Stockton, Ca, which is about 40 minutes away from Sacramento.

The sheriff’s office, detectives, and the officers from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation were able to locate him Fox 40 reported.

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Police believe that Lash has connections to San Joaquin County, where the city of Stockton is located, which would help explain how he got there.

According to Grassmann, Lash was serving a life sentence, with the possibility of parole, for multiple crimes including carjacking, second-degree robbery with enhancements for committing a street-gang act, firearm possession, and vehicle theft, Fox 40 reported.

These crimes stemmed from a 2013 conviction.

Lash, 28, was also expected in court on Friday for an alleged unemployment insurance fraud scheme.

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“We are happy over the fact that Mr. Lash wasn’t able to commit any additional violent crimes while he was out,” Grassmann said. “It’s certainly a sigh of relief for everybody.”  

A similar event happened in Missouri recently as three men escaped from jail.

One inmate was caught in Wyoming, which is approximately 800 miles away from the jail, while the other two are still on the run, NBC News reported.

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Authorities believed that the other two inmates are "armed and dangerous."

The US Marshals Service is currently assisting local authorities to help find the two men.

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