Inmate recaptured after mistaken release

Feb. 26, 2010 at 1:00 PM
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A spokesman for the Maryland prison system said an inmate who was mistakenly released in Baltimore was recaptured in Martinsburg, W.Va., Friday.

Prison system spokesman Rick Binetti confirmed Raymond Thomas Taylor was apprehended one day after he was released while serving three consecutive life sentences, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Taylor, who was sentenced for trying to kill three people in 2004, was tracked by authorities to the Martinsburg home of a childhood friend.

Guglielmi said after being tracked to the home by Warrant Apprehension Task Force members, the 26-year-old inmate surrendered without incident.

Officials said Taylor was released after posing as another inmate due for release from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center.

State Commissioner of Corrections J. Michael Stouffer said the incident is being investigated to prevent future mistaken releases.

The Sun said Taylor was sentenced in 2005 for shooting his former girlfriend, Tammie Johnson, then 36, along with her daughters, Cierra Johnson, then 16, and Shatera Brooks, then 14.

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