Two-and-a-half months after being freed because of a clerical error, Willie Joe McAdams of Texas was arrested yesterday and is expected to serve at least 16 more years of a 40-year sentence for shooting a Houston man in the head, blinding him in one eye. The Houston Chronicle reports that McAdams’ victim, enjoying himself at a bar during the Fourth of July weekend, was shocked when McAdams approached him, shook his hand and apologized.
McAdams was released from prison 36 years early after serving four years of his 40 year sentence because of a “clerical error,” said a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman. He will be eligible for parole in 16 years. The state spokesman assereted that a release because of a clerical error is a rare occurrence. “We let out hundreds on inmates a day,” she said. “It usually goes off without a hitch.”