Politics & Government

Prisoners released in error back in custody

At least 28 former prisoners are back in custody after being released in error, including eight originally convicted of committing crimes in Pierce County.

So says the latest update Wednesday from the state Department of Corrections, which revealed last week that it miscalculated release dates for more than 3,000 inmates since 2002 because of a software programming error.

The more than two dozen inmates returned to prison include two men suspected of committing crimes while they should have been behind bars: Robert T. Jackson, now charged with vehicular homicide in a Bellevue crash, and Daniel Dean Morris II, who served time for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle in October.

Those returning to custody include Michael Joseph Fong, 34, who was released Oct. 9. Fong pleaded guilty to burglary, assault and gun-theft charges after a September 2005 armed burglary in Puyallup that caused a manhunt and lockdown of local schools.

David Brian Jennings, 33, was convicted of committing a November 2005 drive-by shooting in Pierce County and of related assault and gun-possession charges. Released Aug. 10, Jennings told the Seattle Times he would surrender himself to return to prison for three more months.

Others convicted in Pierce County cases who have resumed their sentences include Micheil Anthony Silvera, 32; Curtis David Towery Jr., 29; James Earl Reid, 32; Vincent E. Sterling, 23, and Paul A. Iman, 23.

Jordan Schrader: 360-786-1826, @Jordan_Schrader