UPDATE: Murderer Mistakenly Released has been Captured
As Chicago makes the headlines repeatedly for its gun violence and record-breaking number of murders committed on the city’s streets, the local authorities have released a convicted murderer back onto the streets by mistake, as reported on Thursday by the Chicago Tribune.
Steven L. Robbins, 44, was sent to Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday to address drug charges, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections where he is serving a 60-year prison term in Chicago’s neighboring state of Indiana. Mistakenly, Chicago released him after the drug charge was dropped. It is not known why Robbins was released by the Illinois authorities without being held for his return to Indiana to continue serving his 60 years of prison time remaining there.
Robbins is a Gary, Indiana native had been serving the 6-decades-long prison sentence for murder as well as weapons convictions from Marion County in Indiana which began in October of 2004. His earliest release date was to be June 29, 2029. Both states, Illinois and Indiana, have issued arrest warrants for Robbins.
Why he was appearing in Chicago on a drug charge 8 years after alleged incarceration was not explained by either state’s authorities.