Ky Prisoner Wrongly Freed After Phony Fax

Hickman, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky prisoner was freed thanks to a phony, error-filled fax.

Officials at the Kentucky Correctional and Psychiatric Center in La Grange released 19-year-old Timothy Rouse after receiving a fax that claimed the Kentucky Supreme Court wanted him released.

The fax contained grammatical errors and was not on letterhead. It also turned out to have been sent from a local grocery store.

Rouse was released on April 6 and officials only realized their mistake a few days ago.

Police arrested Rouse, who is charged with beating an elderly man, at his mother's home on Thursday.

They are investigating who sent the fax.

(Copyright 2007 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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