27-year old Vance Edward Hinson Jr was accidentally released according to Burke County Sheriff Steve Whisenant. Investigators are working to determine whether he conspired with an inmate to use another inmate’s identity to get released from the jail.
Reports indicate another inmate was in the process of being bonded out of jail. When jail staff asked for the person to step forward, Hinson pretended to be that person and stepped forward in his place.
He has previous convictions for speeding to elude arrest, possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance, simple assault and larceny after breaking and entering.
Hinson should be considered armed and dangerous according to Sheriff Whisenant.
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