Man accused of stabbing clerk was accidentally released from jail early

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Salt Lake County Jail officials say a "clerical error" led to the early release of an inmate who is now accused of assaulting a convenience store clerk.

Police say Edwin Ogando, 33, walked into a West Valley City Maverik store and stabbed the clerk six times. The 39-year-old female clerk was stabbed throughout her body, police say. Two other men in the store intervened and held Ogando until the police arrived.

After his arrest, Salt Lake County Jail staff reviewed the case file for Ogando who was a former prisoner. Jail officials determined there was a “clerical error” that resulted in his early release on a previous booking.

Here’s the timeline of events according to Salt Lake County Jail records:

  • May 31, 2017: Ogando booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. 
  • September 8, 2017: Ogando sentenced in district court on misdemeanor charges.  
  • September 8, 2017: Data entry error triggering Ogando’s release from jail 42 days before his scheduled release.   
  • September 9, 2017: Ogando released from the Salt Lake County Jail as a result of the data entry error on September 8. 

Salt Lake County Jail staff say they have identified how the mistake happened and have taken steps to improve the process that resulted in the early release.

Officials say “although errors like this at the Salt Lake County Jail are uncommon, administrators continue to monitor and improve systems through training and updates. The Salt Lake County Jail is committed to the safety of our community and take responsibility for the human error that led to this release.”

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