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Inmate mistakenly released from Virginia prison back in police custody

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jan 27, 2022

JARRATT, Va. — An inmate who was mistakenly released from prison is back in police custody Thursday night, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Alonza Wilds was accidentally released from the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt, according to the Virginia Department of Corrections, when he should have been turned over to a federal officer because of a probation violation involving drugs.

Wilds was arrested in Ranson, West Virginia and received two charges after being involved in an incident in Ranson, according to an officer with their police department. When Wilds's name was checked, he was shown to be wanted by the U.S. Marshals.

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Alonza Wilds

Instead, he was released to the custody of his wife.

The Virginia DOC worked with local and federal authorities to locate Wilds.

His improper release is under investigation.

Wilds was convicted of stabbing two teenage boys in 2018. He was sentenced too 11 years in prison, with all but four years and nine months suspended, the Winchester Star reported.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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