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Convicted Murderer Accidentally Released


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Convicted Murderer Accidentally Released

Sep 15, 2004 10:11 am US/Eastern

A convicted murderer facing 40 years has been mistakenly released from prison and police need your help finding him.

As part of an agreement William Nesmith plead guilty to two counts of third degree murder relating to a North Philadelphia house fire that killed two and injured five in 1999. In exchange for testimony against another man, Nesmith was ordered to serve between 20 and 40 years in prison.

However, on July 31st Nesmith was released from the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility due to a clerical error.

CBS 3’s Lesley Van Arsdall reports the mistake happened when a secretary for Nesmith's defense attorney accidentally mixed up his name with another similarly named inmate when preparing a release order.

The District Attorney's office has sent a letter to Nesmith’s home urging him to surrender by September 3rd or face additional prison time. He did not and now faces a life sentence.

Police have said they believe it was an innocent mistake. The man who should have been released was Raymond Nesbitt.

If you have any information about his whereabouts contact police.

MMIV, CBS Broadcasting Inc., All Rights Reserved.


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