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Jeffco jail mistakenly releases inmate

Damon Elliot Slayton
Damon Elliot Slayton
FOX 31

Jefferson County CO- How do you get released from jail by mistake? Apparently you just check into the Jefferson County Jail. Reports indicate that Damon Slayton was mistakenly released this morning at 8:45 from the Jeffco jail. The sheriff's office is reporting that this offender was being held for the Department of Corrections. There appear to be no other details available from the sheriff's office as an investigation is underway into the circumstances of the error.

The sheriff's department describes Slayton as: "Slayton is a black male, 5’10” tall and 160 lbs. He has black hair, brown eyes, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. He has tattoos of a snake and boxing gloves on his arms. Anyone who sees Slayton, is asked to call 911."

According to Fox 31 and CBI records, Slayton has been arrested 47 times with an arrest record dating back to 1991.While the sheriff's department notes that no foul play is suspected and their investigation is ongoing- perhaps a staffing shortage in the jail might be part of their investigation. The sheriff's department recently closed their application process for detention specialists on March 15th. The department continues to seek qualified and certified deputy sheriff's for their support services division.