Ore. inmate released in budget move allegedly robs bank less than an hour later
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities in Eugene, Ore., say a man who was among about 30 inmates released from the Lane County Jail in a budget move is accused of robbing a bank less than an hour later.
The Register-Guard reports that Eugene police arrested 33-year-old Christopher Franklin Weaver shortly after a Thursday robbery at a Pacific Continental Bank branch. Officers handed him over to FBI officials, who took him back to the jail.
Weaver was among inmates released at 11 a.m. The bank was robbed at 11:55 a.m.
As a federal inmate, Weaver will remain in jail unless a federal judge authorizes his release.
He was previously jailed on a parole violation stemming from a conviction for second-degree sexual abuse.
Sheriff Tom Turner said recently he needed to close 35 jail beds because federal demand for space in the county facility had unexpectedly decreased, meaning that the U.S. Marshals Service was paying the county less than it had previously.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com