Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff

Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday.

County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation.

John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff made a clerical error and didn’t realize he was being held by order of the parole board.

Garcia was being held on a probation violation and had new pending charges against him in the Ninth Judicial District Court, records show

Garcia turned himself in to his parole officer Tuesday morning after the mistake was discovered.

He was on probation and parole for possession of a firearm by a felon, battery against a peace officer and possession with intent to distribute narcotics, Department of Corrections records show. He is also facing charges in district court of aggravated battery on a household member and embezzlement, according to court records.