A South Carolina jail released a convicted murderer by mistake, reports the Rock Hill, S.C., Herald. “We made a mistake and it was a human error that we regret – we regret more than anybody would ever know,” said York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant. Thomas Whitlock, 31, was released Monday and had not been found as of last night. He was serving a 14-year prison term in North Carolina for the shooting death of a Charlotte man.
Whitlock had been in the York County jail since Feb. 8, awaiting a hearing on a pending drug possession charge. He was mistakenly released, Bryant said, because his file lacked information indicating that he was due back in North Carolina to finish serving his sentence for murder. On Monday, Whitlock pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence that matched the 19 days he had already served in the jail. After that hearing, he was taken to the jail with paperwork indicating his case had ended. “We will hold accountable those who made the mistake,” Bryant said.