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  • 2 February 2013, 11:55

Convicted Murderer Released By Mistake

Police are hunting for a convicted murderer who was mistakenly released from custody in Chicago.

Steven L Robbins, who is serving 60 years in jail in Indiana, was sent to Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday to face a drugs charge.

The case was dropped, "but for reasons yet unknown, the offender was released by Illinois authorities without being held for return", prison officials said in a news release.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating how Robbins was allowed to walk free on Wednesday night.

The 44-year-old from Gary, Indiana, was convicted in 2004 on charges of murder and carrying a handgun without a licence.

His earliest projected release date was more than 16 years from now on June 29, 2029.

Both Illinois and Indiana have issued arrest warrants for Robbins.

Officials in both states are asking for the public's help to apprehend him.

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