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10/4/05-Longview

Dangerous Inmate Released On Incorrect Bond

A man accused of shooting at police officers and given a $1 million bond was released Friday from the Gregg County Jail because of a mistake.

He only paid a fraction of what he owed because a "clerical error."  Juan Carlos Jasso, 31, is no stranger to law enforcement. He has a long criminal record, but most officers will remember him for allegedly firing at them during a high speed chase back in July. He hid in a Longview motel before he was finally forced out.

Gregg County Assistant District Attorney Billy Byrd, "This is a very dangerous person. He's been known to be armed and dangerous."

Just last week, the bond on the first of the two charges against him, Evading Arrest, was raised to $10,000. The other charge, Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer had a bond of $1 million.

But a jail employee left off a few zeroes. $1 million was put into a computer as $10,000.

Jasso then was able to raise the $20,000 total, and leave jail Friday night.

Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, "When the matter came to our attention, and it was identified, then we immediately responded to effect his arrest and we're fortunate that's what occurred."

It was not until Monday night that Jasso was arrested without incident in White Oak  His bonds now are correctly at $1,010,000.  The man who will prosecute Jasso, Billy Byrd, said mistakes should not be made, and it's unfortunate that his happened.

"This is something that can happen, did happen, and I think more importantly, all the agencies worked together," he said Tuesday.

Sheriff Cerliano tells his citizens this was an isolated mistake. He would not provide specifics on what is being done to prevent a recurrence and what might happen to the employee who goofed.

"We've identified what happened, we've taken steps to make sure it doesn't happen again, and we will take appropriate corrective action in this matter," Cerliano said.

Juan Jasso will not be charged with any crime connected with leaving jail, because the Sheriff and D.A.'s office both say at that time, the bond amount showing up in the computer was all he was forced to pay.

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv.com

 

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