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MAHONING COUNTY Another inmate released in error



Published: Thu, August 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The inmate will face old charges in municipal court.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Vincent Ciccone knew freedom for two days -- then the Mahoning County jail realized it shouldn't have let him out.

The reason for Ciccone's freedom? "Sheer negligence," Sheriff Randall A. Wellington said today. He said an investigation is under way that will likely lead to harsh discipline.

Ciccone is the second inmate in three weeks to be improperly released, and the sixth in the past two years mistakenly released through human error, the sheriff said.

Wellington said Ciccone, 38, was taken back into custody Wednesday evening. He was at the Fifth Street plaza in Struthers, near his home.

The sheriff said Sgt. Mickey Yurco improperly released Ciccone on Monday evening. Ciccone had been in the jail since June 21, serving a sentence for driving under suspension in Struthers, the sheriff said.

Although that sentence had been served by July 29, Ciccone was supposed to remain in jail because of old cases pending in Youngstown Municipal Court, the sheriff said.

Ciccone's cases from 1998 include aggravated menacing, driving under suspension, improper confinement of a dog, speed and drug abuse, the sheriff said. The sheriff said Ciccone failed to appear in court when ordered to on the old cases.

Another recent error

On July 12, Jose Rivera, 23, of Grandview Avenue was taken back into custody after being improperly released that day. He is awaiting trial on a charge of aggravated murder and his bond is $250,000.

The mix-up happened when an order was sent to the jail to release a woman who was being held as a material witness in the Rivera case. Instead of releasing the woman, the jail released Rivera on a $10,000 signature bond.

The paperwork had Rivera's name at the top because it's his case. The woman's name was written next to it.

When the paperwork got to the jail from Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, the deputies saw Rivera's name at the top and figured he was supposed to be released, Wellington said last month. The deputies assumed the second name on the paperwork was Rivera's alias, the sheriff said.

The woman was not released until after Rivera was returned to the jail.

Rivera's case is assigned to Judge James C. Evans, who was outraged over the release.

meade@vindy.com




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