Two convicted murderers accidentally freed from Florida prison

Convicted murderers Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins freed from Florida prison based on fraudulent court orders.
Posted By Evan Bleier  |  Oct. 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM
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(UPI) -- The state of Florida accidentally released two convicted murderers from prison over the last month and officials are hoping they turn themselves back in to finish out their sentences.

Charles Walker and Joseph Jenkins, both 34, separately walked out of the Franklin Correctional Institution "in accordance with Department of Corrections policy and procedure," according to Department of Corrections Secretary Michael Crews.

"However, both of their releases were based on fraudulent modifications that had been made to court orders," he said. Both men are considered "escapees." Crews will be conducting a "vigorous and thorough review" to ensure there aren’t other inmates out on the loose who were mistakenly freed.

Jenkins was serving a 50-year sentence for murder and armed robbery and Walker was serving 15 years for murder. Jenkins was released on September 27 and Walker was freed October 8. Both men are former residents of Orlando and had been behind bars since the early 2000s.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is concerned that both men may have returned to the area.

"They committed violent crimes," said Capt. Angelo Nieves. "The best thing for them to do is to turn themselves in."

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