A federal prisoner is back behind bars after mistakenly being released by St. Louis County authorities. But it's still unclear who's responsible for the error.
Twenty-nine-year-old Shawn Grider was on his way to federal prison to begin a decade-long sentence on drug and weapons violations, when he was brought to the St. Louis County Justice Center for questioning in a burglary. After investigators determined that Grider wasn't involved, he should have been handed over to U.S. Marshalls. Instead, he was released.
Missouri Corrections officials told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that federal authorities had neglected to tell local jailers to hold Grider. But the U.S. Marshall's office says it was state prison officials who were responsible for passing that information to the county.
Grider is back in custody because once freed, he reportedly visited his mother and then turned himself in.
Another former metro-east police chief is heading to prison. The former top cop in Edwardsville, 57 year old James Bedell, was sentenced Thursday to a year and a half in federal prison for stealing nearly $140,000 in city funds.
Bedell had pleaded guilty in April to taking money from a department lock box that contained vehicle impound fees between 2009 and 2012.
Bedell resigned nearly a year ago on the day agents raided his home and office. He had been with the department since 2007.