A convicted Indiana murderer was mistakenly released from an Illinois jail on Wednesday after he appeared in court for a dismissed charge.
Steven L. Robbins, 44, was supposed to serve 60 years for murder and carrying a handgun without a license in Indiana, according to the Chicago Tribune.
On Tuesday, Robbins was transported from Indiana on a court order to face different charges in Illinois, one of them drug-related. Officials said that the charges were dropped and there was no hold order to keep him, so he was released. Oops.
Robbins was reported missing at Illinois’ Cook County Jail after authorities were prepping to return him to Indiana on Thursday. “He walked out of Gate 5 and hasn’t been seen by authorities since, ” Sheriff spokesman Frank Bilecki said.
County jail officials acknowledged the goof in a press release.
Both Indiana and Illinois have sent law enforcement to search for the killer. Authorities say that the Indiana native has some ties with Chicago as well as Indianapolis.
Robbins began serving his sentence in the Indiana State Prison on October 25, 2004, for the 2002 fatal shooting of a 24-year-old Kentucky man. Robbins shot Richard Melton in the street on Mother’s Day. Robbins wasn’t eligible for parole until 2029.
He is described by officials as a black male, 5-foot-5, 190 pounds, with a tattoo on the right side of his neck that says “Nicole.”