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Judge mistakenly frees inmate headed to federal prison

April 23, 2019

MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a man who was sentenced to 23 years in federal prison for armed carjacking is back in custody after being accidentally released from prison.

Brevard County Sheriff’s spokesman Tod Goodyear tells the Orlando Sentinel that 29-year-old Cedrick Gant turned himself over to U.S. Marshals in Orlando on Monday afternoon.

He was sentenced in February after pleading guilty to carjacking.

Records show Gant was transferred from the Lake County Jail to the Brevard County Jail last week to face sentencing on a violation of probation charge in a separate case. A judge credited him for time served and released him.

Goodyear says for some reason the Brevard judge didn’t know about the federal sentence. He says there will likely be an internal investigation to determine why Gant was released.

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