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Man released by mistake

Scott Seitz2 • Nov 25, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Authorities at the Huron and Erie County sheriffs' departments can't agree on who was at fault for accidentally releasing a convicted felon earlier this month.

Kenneth Low, 23, of Sandusky, and his family were devastated to learn that his release from the Erie County Jail was an error on Nov. 11.

Exactly who's error it was though seems to be a mystery.

On Nov. 10, a "holder" or request from Huron County Sheriff's Department on Low, was canceled, according to Capt. Todd Dempsey, the Erie County Jail administrator.

After several phone conversations, Dempsey stuck to his side of the story.

"Please cancel the hold on Kenneth Low. That's exactly what it says," Dempsey said of the documented information his department received from the Huron County Sheriff's Department.

Meanwhile, Sgt. K. Moore at the Huron County Jail denied that her department dropped the ball.

"My records show that the holder was not dropped," Moore said.

Moore referred further questions to department administrators who were not available until next week.

A message left with a secretary for Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard, who was not at his office yesterday, wasn't returned.

At the Low residence, Thanksgiving wasn't expected to be the same after the traumatic situation the family went through just a week before.

"He (Kenneth Low) came home and was flipping out," said Denise Gardner, his mother.

"He was so excited, but he was also scared, because he kept saying something didn't feel right," Gardner said.

Before Low left Erie County's facility, he tried telling the authorities that he owed them more time in jail. But, his story fell on deaf ears.

"He told them, 'I'm telling you, I think I owe more days,'" Gardner said.

"He said, Mom, something just isn't right," she added.

Low called not only Erie County, but also the court and then Huron County authorities until finally the error was discovered.

The Huron County sheriff's department reportedly notified Low that there had "been an error in the paperwork" and ordered him to turn himself in, Gardner said.

"It was horrible. The whole family was devastated. We were all crying hysterically," Gardner said.

"What if it would have been a violent offender? Luckily, it was just a kid who screwed up and is trying to restart his life," Gardner said.

Low feels like he was traumatized by the mistake. His mother said, "He's angry. He's like, 'Why did they put me through that?"

Regardless, Gardner is proud of her son for questioning authorities until the error was discovered. "He could've not even called and just stayed free," she said.

Low was transported to the Lorain County Correctional Facility in Grafton Wednesday after turning himself in late last week, according to Moore.

The Huron County Common Pleas Court sentenced Low to serve the remainder of a year in prison which he has already served several months, according to court records.

He was convicted on a violation of probation initiating from an original conviction in 2010 of complicity to burglary, according to Huron County Common Pleas Court records.

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