Wife Returns Her Mistakenly Released Husband Back to Jail Just Two Hours After His Release
GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO – 25 June, 2018
James J. Rynerson, a 38-year-old, was released from jail by mistake after guards mixed him up with another inmate. Rynerson took advantage of the situation and forged 35-year-old Marvin March’s signature. Marvin was due for release, but his cellmate Rynerson walked out of jail with his leather jacket and debit card.
Rynerson’s wife was surprised to find him in the garage of their apartment complex. She immediately took him back to prison. Rynerson was taken into custody in late May on a $2,000 cash bond while awaiting prosecution for menacing, disorderly conduct and trespass charges, according to an arrest affidavit, provided by the Daily Sentinel.
According to the report, March had temporarily moved into Rynerson's cell while his own cell was under construction. March later moved back to his original cell, and Rynerson was housed alone in his cell in the jail's Spruce Pod. The jail's housing list wasn't immediately updated to reflect the move, however.
When guards came to inform March he was going to be released, they mistakenly went to Rynerson’s cell. He came out without correcting the jail staff about his true identity. He took March’s leather jacket and debit card and left prison after 9 p.m. on May 21st, according to the report.
Deputies noted in their report that Rynerson also signed March's name on his release paperwork. None of them checked the wristband for the name. Jailers realized that something went wrong a short time later, when March approached a deputy to inquire about his release.
Rynerson’s wife got quite the surprise, when she saw her husband in the garage at the apartment complex in the 2900 block of D Road, when he was supposed to have been in prison. She told her husband that he needed to turn himself in after she found out how he got out. She convinced him to go back, and personally drove him back to the Mesa County Detention Facility.
Rynerson was back in jail by 11 p.m, thanks to his wife, who ensured he was free for just two hours.
March got his leather jacket and debit card back, after they were retrieved from Rynerson’s wife’s house. He also got a check to reimburse him for the other clothes Rynerson left wearing.
According to inmate information, Rynerson is facing a number of new charges including escape, forgery, criminal impersonation and theft.
Mesa County Sheriff's Sgt. Henry Stoffel said that deputies broke procedure when they didn’t check Rynerson’s wristband and picture. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether jail policy around the housing list needs to be updated. He credited Rynerson's wife for returning her husband to custody.
"We appreciate that she recognized his error and recommended that he turn himself in before it became something more significant," Stoffel said.
It’s not the first time criminals have been released before doing their full time.
In 2013, Even Ebel, a member of the 211s, a white-supremacist prison gang, was released due to an official’s mistake. The judge didn’t specifically say the sentences were supposed to be consecutive, so the edict was never recorded. The Department of Corrections assumed it was concurrent, cutting Ebel free four years earlier than he was supposed to be. He was then the main suspect in the assassination of Colorado’s Department of Corrections head and a pizza delivery man. Ebel was shot multiple times, after the wild chase resulted in his car crashing into a truck in Texas.
Lima-Marin was sentenced to 98 years in prison in total for armed robberies. A court clerk made an error by entering his sentences to be served concurrently, and not consecutively. He was released after eight years, in 2008. He stayed out of trouble, got a nice job and became a father. The error was discovered six years later. Lima-Marin was arrested and taken back to jail.