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Paperwork mix-up blamed for a prisoner’s mistaken release

Posted by wlpo on September 28, 2013

     CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago man sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for dealing heroin that killed a person was mistakenly released from prison because of an apparent paperwork mix-up.

     The Chicago Sun-Times reports that 33-year-old Walter Redawn Dixon was handed that sentence by a judge in Iowa. But before he could begin serving it, Dixon was set free in December from the Stateville Correctional Center in suburban Joliet, where he was completing a sentence for an unrelated Cook County offense.

      Illinois Department of Corrections spokesman Tom Shaer says Dixon was not transferred to federal custody because the department never received a detainer order.

      Ken Robinson of the Marshals Service says deputies arrested Dixon after receiving a call last week from Iowa authorities who had just learned of the mistaken release.

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