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Feb. 26 2010 - 8:43 am | 276 views | 0 recommendations | 0 comments

Man serving three life sentences accidentally released from Baltimore prison

Not joking:

State prison officials say a 26-year-old New York man serving a triple life sentence for attempted murder was accidentally released from a downtown prison Thursday.

Officials said Raymond Taylor, who was sentenced to three terms of life in prison on an attempted first-degree murder charge in 2005, was erroneously released at 2 p.m. from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center in Baltimore. The Baltimore Sun reported at the time that Taylor tried to kill his ex-girlfriend and her two daughters at their Pentland Drive home in Northeast Baltimore.

Taylor pleaded guilty to shooting Tammie Johnson and her teenage daughters Cierra Johnson and Shatera Brooks. Each was shot multiple times in the head and body with a .22 caliber handgun, prosecutors said.

And he’s still at-large. Anyone who sees this accidentally released convict is asked to call 911.

UPDATE: Captured.


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