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Mistakenly released Va. inmate back in prison

An inmate who was mistakenly released from the Newport News City Jail is back behind bars.

A Newport News Sheriff's Office spokeswoman says 32-year-old Reginald B. Hurt turned himself in to police Monday afternoon.

The sheriff's office says Hurt walked out of the jail Friday night. A deputy went to a holding cell to get three men who were to be released and called out their names. Hurt responded to one of the names, signed for the other inmate's belongings and was released.

Hurt was being held on a charge of possession with intent to distribute drugs. He now faces additional charges of escape, forgery and false pretense.

He declined a request for an interview.

-- Daily Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 30, 2010; 8:27 AM ET
Categories:  Offbeat , Prison Beat , Virginia  
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Why charge him after he comes back to turn his self in?

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | March 30, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

They're charging him because he impersonated a state or federal prisoner to get out of jail. it's just like impersonating a federal judge or a state employee. even though he turned himself in the charges are going to stick.

Posted by: DATBREEZ | March 30, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

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