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Richmond City Jail Inmate Mistakenly Released

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UPDATE: Evan Kelsey, the Richmond Jail inmate mistakenly released from custody Wednesday, is back in custody.

According to U.S. Marshals, Kelsey turned himself in at the jail Thursday.

Stay with 8News for updates.


RICHMOND (WRIC)—An inmate convicted of attempted murder was mistakenly released from Richmond City Jail last week due to a clerical error.

Police are searching for Evan Charles Kelsey, who was convicted of three felonies, including attempted murder, on Jan. 28.

But on Feb. 19, he was released from jail because prosecutors didn't ask the court to revoke Kelsey's bond on the day he was convicted. If that procedure had been taken, Kelsey would still be in jail.

Criminal attorney Alexander Taylor says he understands how something like this could happen.

"I can tell you, hours and hours of preparation go into preparing for these trials. You are spent at the conclusion of these jury trials," Taylor said. "So, at that particular point in time, that motion hasn't come up. After you've spent so many days—sometimes weeks, sometimes months—preparing for a case, I can see how that issue may get overlooked."

In a request to the courts to try and get Kelsey back behind bars, the Commonwealth said Kelsey not only "poses a serious threat" to the community, but there's also another person who could be in danger—a co-defendant who testified against him.

"The Commonwealth Attorney's Office has a good reputation of preventing this sort of thing from happening as well," Taylor said. "It's just that, in this case, a mistake was made."

Police are searching for Kelsey, who is still at large and considered to be dangerous. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers by calling 804-780-1000 or texting "iTip" followed by the tip to 274637.


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