It was Christmas come early for Jermaine Green, 42, after being accidentally released from the Albany County Jail on December 23 of last year. Erin Connolly has more on the story.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Gordon Pollard the Schenectady County Undersheriff said, "Nobody wants that to happen. It wasn't done maliciously. It was a mistake."
And I mistake was the result of a mix-up in paperwork. Green was behind bars on misdemeanor charges in Colonie, was taken out of jail to be arraigned on for felony drug charges in Schenectady County Court.
He was returned Albany County Jail with the document with two intended messages. One to vacate the warranty and two to hold him without bail.
Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said, "The paperwork on the bottom was a bit contradictory and it had vacate warrant so our staff took it as okay these charges are cleared vacate the warrant so the hold was lifted."
One week later Green posted bail and was released. Schenectady county officials understand the misinterpretation but say the document did include the mention of no bail.
Pollard said, "The document did say vacate warrant but on the bottom left side it said bail was not fixed which in our terms we interpreted as he's remanded without bail."
And to make the message clearer so this doesn't happen again, Pollard has a new plan.
Pollard says, "What we're going to do is get a stamp which is ordered and we will stamp hold on it and that will alleviate any confusion in the future."
As for Greene, his whereabouts are still unknown. His attorneys have until next Wednesday to locate him. That's when he's expected to appear in both Town of Colonie and Schenectady County Court.