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Mistakenly Released Inmate Taken Into Custody in Nevada

Steven Lawrence Wright was accidentally released from a Los Angeles jail Jan. 30

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LA County Sheriff's Department
An inmate who was awaiting trial for a gang-related murder was mistakenly released from jail due to a "clerical error," prompting a search for the man Monday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Feb. 1, 2016.

An inmate who was released by mistake from a Los Angeles County jail was back in custody Monday after he was found at a Nevada hotel, authorities said.

Steven Lawrence Wright walked away from the Inmate Reception Center a free man Jan. 30 on what the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department called a "clerical error." Wright had been awaiting trial for a gang-related murder that took place in Pasadena on Jan. 19, 2011.

Deputies realized a mistake had been made nearly 33 hours later. Officials said he was released on a contempt of court charge rather than being held on the murder charge.

A $20,000 reward was offered for information leading to the capture of Wright, who was found in a Boulder City, Nevada hotel room Monday at midday. He was taken into custody "without incident," authorities said.

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No additional charges are expected against Wright, the sheriff's department said. He was being held in Nevada, pending an extradition hearing.