When an officer called for the McCoy who bonded out, 25-year old Schuyler McCoy came forward, but he wasn't up for bond. Schuyler had just been sentenced to 3-years at the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery. The sheriff says the mistake was caused by the last name and a picture mix-up, but that it's no excuse.
"This is clearly a problem that occurred. This is the first time it's ever occurred in my career. I know it's happened at other locations but we put safeguards into place to make sure things like this don't happen and those safeguards failed," Sheriff Tom Schneider said.
The sheriff says the two McCoys are not related to each other. The correct McCoy was released but Schuyler was given more charges for escaping. He could now face 15 - 30 years in prison. The sheriff says the officer who made the mistake will face serious disciplinary action, but will not be fired.
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