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Mistakenly released JeffCo inmate found in Denver, back in custody

(Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

(Credit: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)

DENVER — The inmate who was mistaken released from the Jefferson County Jail on Tuesday was found in downtown Denver Thursday morning and taken back into custody, police confirmed.

With the help of citizen tips, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported that officers were able to arrest Damon Slayton near the intersection of Broadway and Larimer Street, just northeast of Coors Field.

Slayton, 41, was being held on a parole violation. His original charges were theft, burglary and robbery. The sheriff’s office tweeted on Thursday that his early release was determined to be a “human error.”

According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Slayton has been arrested 47 times dating to 1991 from Aurora to Black Hawk on charges ranging from robbery, burglary, domestic violence, drug possession, weapons offenses and numerous parole violations. He has also reportedly used numerous names over the years.

Slayton was mistakenly released Tuesday morning, meaning he was at large for approximately 48 hours before he was taken back into custody.

The news of Slayton’s early release is one of several similar stories that have been reported in the last year. The conclusion to the latest story was far less tragic than the early release of Evan Ebel, who went on to kill Colorado Department of Corrections Chief Tom Clements and wound an officer in Texas before he was gunned down in a fire fight.

Early this month, Denver Police captured a violent inmate who was mistakenly released early from the Denver Jail. In late April of last year, the Adams County Sheriff’s office reported Juan Flores had been released early from a jail in Brighton.

Almost a year later, Flores is still at large.

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