Sebastian Littlejohn's mistaken jail release latest embarrassment for Denver Sheriff's Office
At a press conference yesterday, the Denver Sheriff's Office tried to explain how Sebastian Littlejohn, who was being held in Denver jail on charges related to violent felony beefs, was mistakenly set free, only to be recaptured a day later. This time, the sheriff's office may not be at fault. But the incident is only the latest embarrassment for the DSO, following the busts of two deputies -- one who allegedly helped an inmate escape, the other who allegedly hosted a pukey hot tub party with fourteen-year-old girls.
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According to 7News, Littleton, eighteen, was busted last fall on suspicion of robbery and kidnapping involving sexual assault. In addition, 9News notes that Littlejohn has a previous aggravated robbery conviction on his record.
Clearly, the sheriff's office had plenty of reasons to keep Littlejohn behind bars. But on Monday, personnel received information authorizing his release from custody -- so he was set free.
The Denver detention center, as seen in a 9News image.
Problem is, the paperwork had been sent in error. The gaffe was discovered yesterday morning, at which time the Denver Police Department was brought into the loop and asked to help round him up.
The DPD did its job, and within 24 hours or so, Littlejohn was back behind bars. But there were plenty of questions for Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson about how he'd wound up back on the streets in the first place.
Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson at the press conference.
At this point, Wilson believes the DSO followed proper procedure in regard to the paperwork. If so, the agency that issued the release may be primarily at fault. But there are also concerns that policies in place to check the veracity of such documents may be lacking, and revelations in that arena could land at the DSO's doorstep.
Meanwhile, the mistaken release recalls memories of Felix Trujillo, who escaped from the Denver jail last year with the assistance of Deputy Matthew Andrews, who was arrested and charged for his actions.
And that's not to mention Paul Della Rosa, a veteran deputy who found himself on the wrong end of the handcuffs after he reportedly supplied booze at a hot tub party for some fourteen-year-old girls at a Black Hawk casino.
Surveillance footage of Deputy Matthew Andrews appearing to help Felix Trujillo escape from Denver jail last year.
Westword has covered both the Trujillo and Della Rosa stories. Get more details about each case in our previous coverage, shared here.
In the meantime, look below to see a larger version of Littlejohn's booking photo, followed by a 9News report and our previous coverage of the Paul Della Rosa and Felix Trujillo cases, featuring more photos and videos.
Continue for our original coverage of the Paul Della Rosa and Felix Trujillo cases, including photos and videos.