Deputies: Inmate erroneously released from Bexar County Jail
Deputies search for Luther Napoleon York after he was inadvertently released Wednesday evening
Deputies are asking for the public's help in finding a man who was inadvertently and erroneously released from the Bexar County Jail.
Luther Napoleon York had been at the Bexar County Jail for more than four months awaiting a court hearing and sentencing for a burglary charge and the violation of a protective order, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.
York appeared before a criminal district court judge Wednesday, where his burglary charge was dismissed and he was given eight years deferred adjudication on the violation of the protective order, deputies said.
As a condition of the deferred adjudication, York was sanctioned to 90 days in jail with no credit for time served, according to BCSO.
Deputies said when York was returned to the jail, a misreading of the court's order at the booking section of the jail led to his inadvertent release during the late evening hours Wednesday.
A warrant was issued as a result, and BCSO's Fugitive Apprehension Unit is actively searching for York. The Sheriff's Office said it has contacted previous victims of York's crimes and notified them of his release.
Deputies said they are currently investigating how this incident happened. Preliminary findings suggest that a detention officer did not fully read the order from the judge and prepared release documents instead of re-admitting him to jail.
"The fact that erroneous releases could occur was one of our priorities from the start of this administration," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "Last fall, we identified this issue as part of our strategic plan and development of a new jail management system is already underway. We are currently in the design phase and scheduled to go live with this technology late this year.
"Although the judicial orders are entered into a common database shared by both the Bexar County Courthouse and the Bexar County Jail, there are still opportunities for mistakes to occur. Automated technology could have prevented this error by providing an extra layer of authorization, prior to any release. However, until this automated system is fielded, it is still our responsibility to have failsafe measures, and that did not happen in this case."
Anyone with knowledge of York's whereabouts is asked to call their local law enforcement agency at 911 for emergencies only or the Bexar County Sheriff's Office tip line at 335-8477.
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