Indiana murder convict mistakenly released in Chicago
CHICAGO – Police were hunting for a convicted murderer on Thursday after he was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago, where he was sent to face a drug charge while serving a 60-year prison sentence in Indiana.
Indiana Department of Corrections officials said Steven L. Robbins, 44, was sent to Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday to face a drug charge. The charge was dropped, "but for reasons yet unknown, the offender was released by Illinois authorities without being held for return," the department said in a news release.Got that? He was serving a prison term for murder - a 60 year sentence - and was sent to IL to face drug charges. When they decided to drop the charges, they let him go. Just let a murderer who was supposed to be serving time walk out the door a free man. I wonder if they can even charge him for walking? He has a pretty good argument that the court let him go - so he might not even see extra time for his bit of freedom.
Here's something that really bothers me, though. He's serving a 60 year sentence - 60 years! - and yet he's eligible for parole in 2029. He started serving his sentence in 2004, so that means he has to serve 25 years - less than half - before he's eligible for parole. 25 years != a life sentence, folks. 60 years indicates first degree murder to me - you don't normally see that kind of sentence for car-jacking. And anyone want to bet whether or not in 2021 or so that they'd move his release date up on good behavior if applicable?
Here's the real kicker, though:
Both Illinois and Indiana have issued arrest warrants for Robbins. Officials in both states are asking for the public's help to apprehend him.Got that? Hey, people of Illinois - who are not allowed to carry firearms for protection - help us catch this released murderer that we let go by mistake. Oopsie!
That is all.