Bradenton, Florida — A 16-year-old charged with attempted murder was mistakenly released Friday from the Manatee County Justice Center. He was re-arrested Wednesday, but the public was never warned about about his release.
"It was a mistake, a serious mistake," said Lori Tolksdorf, director of the courts for the Manatee County Clerk.
One week ago today, a courtroom clerk at the Justice Center set free the teenager by accident.
"She pulled the wrong one for the wrong case completed it and sent it to the jail," Tolksdorf said, adding that it was a document mix up.
The court director said the agency is taking a look at how something like this could happen.
"The incident is very unfortunate and we take it very seriously, and we're reviewing all of our processes," Tolksdorf said.
She says changes to how clerks label court documents are on the table, but nothing has been decided. As for the clerk who made the error, "very likely she is going to be reprimanded." Tolksdorf said.
The 16-year-old was re-arrested Wednesday afternoon, but spent the better part of a week free, without the public warned.
But Manatee County residents say, that's not enough.
"No no, (the clerk) should be fired,"
"They should change their ways beyond just a reprimand," said Daniel Hernandez
"That's not a little mistake, that's a huge mistake," said Troy Woodall.
Pamela D'Agostino, assistant state attorney in Manatee County, was asked why the public was not notified about the release, but declined the chance to the case on camera.
In reply to our questions, D'Agostino said potential victims of the 16-year-old suspect were notified on Wednesday when her office learned of the release.
When pressed on why D'Agostino's office did not alert the general public, she said there was always a concern for the safety of the community.