- Associated Press - Thursday, May 8, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A murder suspect who was mistakenly released from the Los Angeles County jail system last year because of a clerical error has been captured in Mexico and returned to the U.S.

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday (https://lat.ms/1l1vX56) that 34-year-old Johnny Mata was turned over to deputies at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego County.

Mata was freed from the Inmate Reception Center in downtown Los Angeles last April after a clerk failed to enter a hold order for the reputed gang member in a computer.

He’s charged with a 2010 gang-related shooting that killed a man in Baldwin Park.

Sheriff’s officials said four inmates were wrongly released last year. The Times says unlike Mata, the other three inmates were not considered high-risk criminals. All three were captured.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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