“‘Til death do us part” may be the ultimate marital vow, but one wife in Colorado would rather follow the law than be reunited with her jailbreaking husband.
The unnamed wife of 38-year-old James J. Reynerson was surprised when she found her supposed-to-be-imprisoned husband in the garage of the apartment complex where she lives last May 21, according to a report by Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on Thursday, June 21. The inmate was wrongfully released from the Mesa County Jail where he was in custody.
Overlooking the concept of forever in each other’s arms, the wife told Reynerson that he needed to turn himself in. She proceeded to personally drive him back to the Mesa County Detention Facility. By 11 p.m. her husband was back in prison.
Apparently, the wrongful release of the inmate was a result of a case of mistaken identity — the sheriff’s deputies mistook Reynerson for 35-year-old Marvin March, another inmate, said the report. Reynerson was held in custody on May on a $2,000 cash bond while waiting for trial on menacing, disorderly conduct and tresspass charges.
March, who had temporarily moved to Reynerson’s cell while his was under construction, was bound to be released after he moved back to his cell. However, the jail’s housing list was not updated and the deputies mistook Reynerson as March, which Reynerson did not correct. Investigation later revealed that neither the deputy who supposedly called for March nor the booking technician who processed Reynerson’s papers bothered to look at his wristband to verify his identity.
The jailers gave Reynerson March’s release paper, which Reynerson signed as March, as well as March’s debit card. By 9 p.m., the wrongfully released inmate was free, wearing March’s leather jacket.
The sheriffs only realized their error after the real March asked them when he will be released, stated the report. On Tuesday, June 19, Reynerson was informed that he will face new charges which includes escape, forgery, criminal impersonation and theft. Kate Matriano/JB