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Man convicted of attempted murder mistakenly released, captured

Johnny Rodgers was in a Jackson-area prison for attempted murder and other crimes. But the Corrections Department says he was mistakenly released from the Oakland County jail after a court appearance Wednesday. (Photos: Michigan Department of Corrections)

UPDATE: WDIV is reporting that Rodgers has been captured and returned to police custody. We will have more details as they emerge.


Authorities are searching for a prison inmate after he was mistakenly released from a suburban Detroit jail.

Johnny Rodgers was supposed to be returned to the state Corrections Department after appearing Wednesday in an Oakland County court. Instead, a jail officer released him.

The sheriff's office says he had no money or cellphone and was believed to be in Detroit, wearing a white shirt, jeans and Timberland boots.

Rodgers was sentenced to at least seven years in prison last November after being convicted of attempted murder and other crimes in Wayne County. He was in an Oakland County court this week in a separate gun case.

Rodgers has a tattoo on his right arm that says: "Live for everything die for nothing."

Anyone with information or who sees him is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 1-888-TURN-1-IN, 911 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.

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