Computer glitch leads to accused Indy serial robber’s wrongful release


UPDATE: While the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office declined our request for an interview Friday, the sheriff’s office provided this statement:

“The Marion County Sheriff’s Office does not have the authority to independently release people from jail. Inmates and arrestees may be released only if one of the three conditions below are met:

  • The Court orders the inmate released and submits an electronic notification to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to that effect.
  • The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office declines to file charges against an arrestee and submits an electronic notification to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to that effect.
  • Another criminal justice agency with legal authority releases their hold on an inmate or arrestee and submits notification to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office to that effect.

When any of the above notifications are sent, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office begins the process to release the individual using established protocols.”

INDIANAPOLIS — Authorities confirm 29-year-old Lance McGee was released from jail hours after he was arrested and charged with a string of robberies because of a computer glitch.

McGee faces nine counts of aiding, inducing or causing armed robbery. The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office tells us, “A computer error falsely notified Sheriff’s Office staff that charges would not be filed. We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of this incident.”

The prosecutor’s office said it was not a spelling error. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office said it is standard procedure to release a person when deputies receive this notification.

According to IMPD, McGee and Donta Allen, also charged, were involved in a series of armed robberies across the city from March 25 through April 8, when they were arrested following a robbery at the GameStop located at 6905 S. Emerson Ave.

This is a developing story and will be updated.



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