Two convicted murderers were mistakenly released from a Florida prison within the last month despite the fact that they have yet to serve their full sentences.
USA Today reports that Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker were released from the Florida Panhandle with forged documents in late September and early October respectively. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement realized the mistake on Tuesday and the prison wants to get these men back in custody so they can continue serving their sentences. Jenkins was put behind bars for life on a first-degree murder conviction in 1998 and Walker was also serving a life sentence on a second-degree murder from a 1999 slaying.
Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jessica Cary said that she doesn’t know how the mistake happened. Additionally, the agency has opened an investigation to make sure that no one else has been released from the prison using forged documents.