Killer Accidentally Released From SC Jail

Police are searching for a convicted killer from North Carolina who was mistakenly freed from the York County jail while facing drug charges.

Sheriff Bruce Bryant says 31-year-old Thomas Aaron Whitlock was apparently released from the jail Monday, but authorities didn't realize the mistake until Tuesday afternoon.

Bryant says he's started an investigation into how the mistake happened.

Whitlock was convicted in May of second-degree murder in the 2009 shooting death of Jamie Thompson in Charlotte, N.C. Whitlock also has prior convictions for burglary, robbery and drug charges in South Carolina.
Authorities in both states are searching for Whitlock, who managed to evade police for months after Thompson's murder. Whitlock was eventually arrested in Texas.


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  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:00 PM
    An African American named Thomas Aaron Whitlock funny.
  • by Jeff on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    I have a feeling someone or several people will be unemployed due to this mishap. I hope they find this criminal and put him back in Jail where he belongs.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    Mayberry South ! Where's Andy and the bunch ??
  • by 44mag. on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:10 AM
    He was walked to the front door and turned "LOOSE" with out a fight(stupid boy)...An to think he gave up three(FREE)squares&a cot for what he calls "FREEDOM",He's nuts if he thinks the outside is BETTER!!!
  • by Dawg on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:32 AM
    NC DOC website says current location NOT PUBLIC INFORMATION He is not listed as escaped and was in prision on 11/22/11 because he got an infraction that day. Projected Release Date:07/28/2023 So if he is not due to be released from NCDOC until 2023, why was he in SC?
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      by Carl Kolchack on Feb 29, 2012 at 09:21 AM in reply to Dawg
      Probably court on the drug charges...
  • by Anon Location: NC on Feb 29, 2012 at 07:06 AM
    It would help if they would post a picture of the subject so IF people do see him, they can call the police.
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      by Na! on Feb 29, 2012 at 08:38 AM in reply to Anon
      They don't want/need our help. They're doing fine without the public's help.
  • by Mr. America Location: downeast on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    Well i guess the LEOs can't blame this one on a judge.
  • by Uncle Sam Location: U.S.A. on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    Captain Justice strikes again,our justice system is the best there is in the free world,Lord help us all.
  • by What on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:21 AM
    OK so does anyone think we need to fix our system yet.......... How much money do you think these two states will spend looking for this person? WOW... No wonder why people like this just laugh about the crimes that they commit. They know that someone will fail to do their job because the system is so broken and over loaded. We need to start turning to our God to help correct what man had made…
  • by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 06:02 AM
    Big deal......they're letting killers, sex offenders, thiefs, etc out every single day in this country. There is no capital punishment handed down any more from our LAME USELESS GOOD-FOR-NOTHING "justice" system.
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