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Wake murder suspect mistakenly released in Bertie County

Posted April 6, 2010

— The Wake County Sheriff's Office is requesting the public's assistance in finding William Otis Bryant Jr., also known as "Jabo," who was mistakenly released from Bertie Correctional Institution.

"He was released from Bertie Correctional on April 2 but should have been released to the custody of the Wake County Sheriff's Office," sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Bryant is wanted for first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

State Department of Correction spokesman Keith Acree said they never received a detainer from any agency seeking custody of Bryant for pending murder charges in Wake County. Other detainers for misdemeanor charges were verified as dismissed before Bryant was released.

The department is investigating the circumstances of Bryant's release and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken if procedures were not followed, he said.

Deputies arrested Bryant and his brother, Eric Reney Bryant, 39, in February and charged them with first-degree murder in the 1999 death of Anthony Jaboin.

Jaboin, a cab driver, was shot in the parking lot of West Lake Elementary School, at 4499 West Lake Road in Apex, on Sept. 11, 1999. A woman passing the school heard a gunshot and reported it to police.

Anyone with information about Bryant's whereabouts should call the Wake County Sheriff's Office at 919-856-6911.


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  • mrr03 Apr 7, 2010

    The Department of Correction has an excellent check and balance system for releasing offenders. My GUESS is that the Wake Co. Sheriff failed to send the detainer work to DOC. Now..if the Wake Sheriff want to clear his office..produce the ORIGINAL DETAINER that was sent to DOC..Let's face it, somebody failed to do the job..MAKE IT PUBLIC WHO FAILED TO DO THE JOB.

  • wcnc Apr 7, 2010

    "The Wake DA/WCSO should have been more diligent in following his release date & filing a detainer – however we don’t know if that is what “broke” in the system - maybe someone at DOC didn’t read all the documentation in the release files."

    Or perhaps Wake DID file the detainer and DOC didn't fulfill it's end of it by actually following it.....

  • CarolinianByChoice Apr 6, 2010

    G-man, this guy had a history of skating thru the system with community service, suspended sentences & probation. I assumed he managed to get out on bail prior to the trial & subsequent conviction that led to his latest incarceration. No, I didn’t take into account possible jail time. If he was in jail from the offense date of 3/14/08 until put into the DOC system then he did serve the max 2 yrs/2mo sentence. The Wake DA/WCSO should have been more diligent in following his release date & filing a detainer – however we don’t know if that is what “broke” in the system - maybe someone at DOC didn’t read all the documentation in the release files. At this point all anyone can do is speculate without possession of the full facts. I do realize it would be against the law to hold someone after they complete their sentence (duh) . .unless they are booked on other charges or transferred to another corrections system for sentences relating to other crimes, or being held for depor

  • G-man Apr 6, 2010

    Carolinabychoice: he wasn't let out early. Did you count jail time? He was let out because he completed his sentence. Everyone gets out when they complte their sentence. It would be sort of against the law to hold them at that point. He would have been turned over to Wake Co. in stead of being released had they filed a detainer.

  • G-man Apr 6, 2010

    there many unemployed that would love to have this job.

    If that were the case tell me why every prison has jobs available.

  • CarolinianByChoice Apr 6, 2010

    Oops, link to offender record got cut off: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0053980&searchLastName=Bryant&searchFirstName=William&searchMiddleName=O&searchGender=M&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • CarolinianByChoice Apr 6, 2010

    Fuzzy math is at work here: Jabo was incarcerated for various drug offenses. His sentence (min 1 yr/9mo - max 2yr/2mo) began on 5/29/2009 and he was let out on 4/2/2010 (10 months). This incarceration wasn’t his first rodeo, he’s been incarcerated 3 times prior for crimes in Wake/Johnston Counties (Received a lot of breaks with probation, community service & parole too). Why was this guy let out so early when he has repeatedly shown he is a menace to society? Maybe the Wake DA didn’t file a detainer yet because they never thought the guy would be released before his minimum sentence was up? Who decides a repeat offender gets to be released before he even serves the minimum sentence? Maybe that is who should be questioned first. Link to offender record: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/viewoffender.do?method=view&offenderID=0053980&searchLastName=Bryant&searchFirstName=William&searchMiddleName=O&searchGender=M&listurl=pagelistoffendersearchresults&listpage=1

  • wildcat Apr 6, 2010

    there is a killer loose and bertie don't seem to care. like i said before, all should be fired and a new crew should be hired.

  • NCSU2311 Apr 6, 2010

    Who is being fired? Of course no one. Just another day, another "mistake".

  • Adelinthe Apr 6, 2010


    They apparently have no double-check system in Bertie, else this wouldn't happen there.

    Thanking God my mistakes don't amount to something like this though, and praying they find this killer QUICKLY - BEFORE he hurts or murders anyone else.

    God bless.