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Cumberland County Jailer Fired After Mistakenly Releasing 2 Inmates

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Cumberland County jailer has been fired for twice wrongly releasing an inmate.

In July, Sergeant James Burgess mistakenly relased a man with the same name as a prisoner set to be released.

A month later, after returning from a brief suspension, Burgess inadvertently released a different inmate following a paperwork error. He again was suspended.

Both prisoners eventually turned themselves back in.

The 52-year-old Burgess was fired Monday, according to Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler. Burgess had worked for the county as a jailer for nine years.