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Inmate released from Florida jail during virus outbreak allegedly killed another man next day

Jails across the country are releasing some inmates because of the virus

Published: April 16, 2020 7:41am

Updated: April 16, 2020 8:03am

A man released from a Florida jail because of the coronavirus reportedly killed someone the following day.

Officials say the inmate, Joseph Edward Williams, 26, on March 20 fatally shot another man in Tampa, Florida, after he and roughly 160 other inmates were released from Hillsborough County jails, according to The New York Times.

The jail system, like others across the country, has released non-violent criminals because the deadly virus is fast spreading in close quarters like jails.  

Williams was arrested this week on several charges including second-degree murder and resisting arrest, The Times also reports. 

Williams reportedly had a criminal history including burglary but was in jail before being released last month on drug-related charges and other non-violent charges. 


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