Sheriff: Wrongly released inmate turns self in

The inmate inadvertently released from the Russell County Jail last week turned himself in to authorities today after nearly a week on the run.

Cimarron L. Lamb, 31, called the Sheriff's Office and arranged to meet authorities about 4:30 p.m. at a hotel on Macon Road, Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said. He was awaiting a 9 a.m. court hearing and extradition to Alabama, jail officials said.

"He said he was tired of running," said Taylor, who spoke with the fugitive directly. "He just wanted to turn himself in the least intrusive way. Obviously I'm glad that he's back in custody. I'm glad that he wasn't hurt."

Lamb, who is charged in connection with the robbery last month of the Rainbow Foods in Fort Mitchell, Ala., had been on the loose since Oct. 30 after jail officials accidentally allowed him to walk out of the jail. He had not yet been booked in and was being detained in a holding cell with three inmates who were about to be released when the mishap occurred.

Taylor faulted jail officials for the oversight and said today that he had suspended two employees without pay, though he refused to identify them. He said he also hasn't ruled out terminations.

"We've already put that to bed, and I'm still looking at a potential two more," Taylor said. "Obviously they didn't follow procedure, and when you don't follow procedure mistakes happen."

"It's not a matter of putting better policies in place," the sheriff added. "It's a matter of following the ones we have."