Two Florida men were mistakenly released from prison. On Oct. 17, USA Today reported that Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker are both convicted murderers but were both (separately) released from jail a few weeks ago. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement just learned about the mistake on Tuesday of this week -- meaning those two men could be anywhere.
"These two individuals are out. They shouldn't be, and we want to get them back in custody. This shouldn't have happened, but it did, and our concern is to get these individuals into custody," said sheriff's office spokesman Angelo Nieves.
The Florida men mistakenly released were both serving life sentences. Jenkins was convicted of first degree murder and Walker was convicted of second degree murder. In case you were wondering how something like this happens, The Florida Department of Corrections says that they received standard paperwork that ordered the release of the two men... that paperwork, however, was forged.
"I don't know how it happened," corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary said Wednesday (via USA Today). An investigation has already started and the two men are being sought by authorities. The Department of Corrections is also going over their paperwork to see if any other men were mistakenly released from prison.
The Florida men mistakenly released obviously didn't say a word when they were told that they were getting out. Although you have to wonder if they were confused...
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