Craigslist Scheme Suspect Released Twice

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Associated Press

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Updated Thu, Dec 8, 2011 6:19 pm

Interviews and records indicate that a Texas parolee now suspected in a deadly Craigslist robbery scheme was mistakenly released from Ohio custody last summer not once, but twice.

Texas officials and the head of a national commission that oversees prisoner-transfer rules say 52-year-old Richard Beasley should never have been released from the county jail in Akron, where he was being held on drug charges this summer.

The brother of a victim whose body was found last month called Beasley's release tragic.

Ohio is now investigating what went wrong, an inquiry that state officials called unprecedented.

Authorities say they are planning to charge Beasley with killing three men and wounding a third between August and November.
 

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