Fox News - Fair & Balanced
Search Site

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 as of 11:14 AM ET

Crime

James Rosen

Washington

comments

Prisoner Released By Accident Back in Jail

February 26, 2010 - 1:51 PM | by: James Rosen

Escaped felon Raymond Taylor was picked up by authorities this morning at a friend’s home in Martinsburg, West Virginia after a 19 hour manhunt.  He was found hiding in an upstairs closet.

Taylor who is facing 3 life sentences for attempted murder, conned his way out of jail by impersonating a cell mate, William Johnson, who was scheduled to be released on Thursday. Johnson is now facing a conspiracy charge for his role in the escape plot, but police haven’t been able to figure out a motive for him helping Taylor. If convicted, Johnson could remain in prison for another 10 years.

Correction officials admit mistakes were made and policies were broken. They are currently reviewing their protocols and say disciplinary action will occur.

Gretchen Gailey contributed to this report.