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NC prison worker quits; released inmate by mistake

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ROANOKE RAPIDS, NC (AP) -- A North Carolina prison worker has
resigned after mistakenly releasing an inmate accused of kidnapping
and raping a woman the next day.

Authorities say caseworker James Smith Jr. was supposed to
release 38-year-old Antwaan Clanton to Halifax County deputies last
week after he finished serving two years at the Odom Correctional
Facility on a charge of obtaining property by false pretense.

But officials say Clanton was set free instead and attacked and
raped a woman sitting in her car in the Halifax Medical Center
parking lot the next day.

Prison officials say Smith failed to check a court database for
pending charges before releasing Clanton.

Clanton remains in the Halifax County Detention Center. It was
unclear if he had an attorney.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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