California lifer arrested again after mistaken release

A man who was serving a life sentence for carjacking and armed robbery was mistakenly released from a northern California prison for more than 13 hours before being re-arrested on Thursday afternoon , authorities said.

Shaquile Lash, 28, was released from Sacramento County Main Jail around 10:30 p.m., authorities said.

“It’s kind of a very disturbing incident,” although it appears Lash committed no more crimes until he was re-arrested in Stockton, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod Grassmann told KCRA-TV.

Lash went to state prison in 2013 from San Joaquin County. He was serving life in prison with the possibility of parole for carjacking and second degree larceny with enhancements for committing a street gang act in the commission of a violent crime, being armed with a firearm and of vehicle theft, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said in a statement.

He was not scheduled for a parole hearing until 2035.

However, Lash was taken to Sacramento County Jail from Tehachapi State Prison on Wednesday because he and five others faced a court hearing on Friday for alleged involvement in development department fraud. of California employment, officials said.

The department has acknowledged that it was cheated out of billions of dollars in unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, issuing them on behalf of people who were in prison, including death row inmates.

Lash was to be returned to jail after the court hearing, but a mistake made during the jail’s day shift led night workers to believe he was eligible for release, authorities said.

Grassmann said the sheriff’s office is investigating.

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