- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man imprisoned in Rochester for an extra 13 months is suing the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Jermaine Hickman, who was convicted of bank robbery in 2007, had a calculated release date of Oct. 11, 2012, from the Federal Medical Center, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1s5zxik ) reported. He finally walked free on Nov. 21, 2013.

“I’m still in ‘freedom shock,’” Hickman, 33, told the newspaper. “That’s lost time I’ll never get back, lost time with my kids and family, lost time that they never get back, as well.”

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross declined to comment about specifics of Hickman’s case, which he called “a very rare occurrence.”

“The sentence computation was computed incorrectly,” Bureau of Prisons release records state. No single person is cited for the error.

Bureau records add that clarification “should have been requested by the Classification and Computation Technician or the Auditor.”

In responses that an assistant U.S. attorney in Minneapolis recently filed, officials wrote Hickman that “did not raise any issues concerning his sentence computation or continued incarceration via the formal grievance process with the BOP.”

Hickman’s attorney, Steve Meshbesher of Minneapolis, said he’s astonished the bureau is trying to blame Hickman.

“How do you put a price tag on . lost freedom, let alone blame him?” Meshbesher said. “How do you ‘lose’ somebody for over a year?”

Under federal law, Hickman, who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska, and works as a tree cutter, is entitled to up to $500,000 in damages if the bureau is found liable for wrongful imprisonment.

“To this day, I still haven’t gotten an answer on how this happened,” Hickman said.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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