Jessamine County

Jessamine police looking for prisoner who was mistakenly released

Police in Jessamine County are looking for a jail inmate who escaped Sunday by allegedly posing as another prisoner who was scheduled to be released.

Justin Darland, 28, of Nicholasville was released between 6 and 6:30 a.m. Sunday after identifying himself to jail personnel as his cell mate, Robert White, said Jessamine County Jailer Cecil Moss.

White, who was to have been released after completing 34 days on a misdemeanor probation violation, was charged Sunday with complicity to escape second-degree by the Jessamine County Sheriff's Office, Moss said. Police think White, 29, of Nicholasville, assisted Darland in the mix-up, although Moss was at a loss to explain a motivation.

"I don't understand why anyone would do this," Moss said.

"They do look somewhat alike," Moss said, but then added that was no excuse for releasing the wrong man.

Darland was in jail on charges of burglary and being a persistent felony offender, Moss said. He has no history of violent offenses.

The sheriff's office is investigating, and Moss said the jail will conduct an internal investigation.

Police said Darland is 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 147 pounds. He has blue eyes, and tattoos on his chest and shoulders.