UPDATE: Authorities find inmate mistakenly released from jail in Lauderdale County

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Michael Stacey Prater (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)
Michael Stacey Prater (Photo: Florence Police Dept.)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Law enforcement say they found 29-year-old Michael Stacey Prater almost two days after authorities say he was mistakenly released from jail.

On Friday night, officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office report they located Prater and took him back into custody in the Cloverdale area. Authorities report US Marshalls and the Domestic Violence Unit from One Place of the Shoals found Prater.

Here’s what led up to the mistaken release:

According to authorities, the 29-year-old was transported from state prison to Lauderdale County last week to be sentenced on an escape charge.

After being sentenced to 15-years in prison for the escape charge, Prater was sent back to the Lauderdale County Detention Center to await transport back to prison.  While waiting there, the Alabama Department of Corrections sent paperwork to the jail saying Prater was to be released from prison on probation.

Authorities say jailers were unaware of the new prison sentence.  Thursday morning, they let Prater go.

Prater’s original prison sentence came from an arrest attempt by authorities for felony warrants. During the arrest, Prater used his 5-year-old son as a shield when authorities drew their guns on him.

Again, officials with the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday night Prater is back in custody.

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