Wife credited with returning husband to jail following error
A Grand Junction inmate was mistakenly released from jail. However, he enjoyed less than two hours of freedom before his wife realized the error and made him turn himself in.
Court records show James Rynerson, 38, had been taken into custody last month at the Mesa County Jail on a $2,000 bond while awaiting prosecution on menacing, disorderly conduct and trespass charges.
Rynerson was released on May 21 after deputies at the jail mistook him for another inmate, Marvin March. Rynerson never corrected the jail staff who gave him March's paperwork and personal items, then sent him on his way wearing March's leather jacket.
He arrived home to his surprised wife, who told him he needed to turn himself. She drove him back to the jail.
Sgt. Henry Stoffel said that jail employees broke procedure when they failed to check Rynerson's wristband and picture. An investigation is ongoing to determine whether jail policy around the housing list needs to be updated.
Stoffel credited Rynerson's wife for returning her husband to custody.
"Fortunately, his wife convinced him to return to the detention facility before any citizens were harmed," Stoffel said.