After eluding authorities for 11 weeks, a man who had been on the run following the revocation of a sentence reduction deal was apprehended by police in a New York City apartment.
AFTER FLEEING SENTENCE REDUCTION FOR MURDER CONVICTION, MAN GETS CAPTURED IN NEW YORK
The man, identified as Jeroid Price, had originally seen 16 years cut from his 35-year murder sentence reduction through an unannounced deal agreed upon by his lawyer and the prosecutor. The sentence reduction, which required Price to report an escaped inmate and prevent attacks on prison guards, bypassed a public hearing and came to light when the South Carolina Supreme Court ruled 3-2 to revoke the order in April.
CONTROVERSIAL SENTENCE REDUCTION: REVOKED DEAL LEADS TO CAPTURE OF FUGITIVE
Following the court’s decision regarding sentence reduction, Price failed to surrender, leading to an extensive manhunt that spanned over two months. However, a tip received by South Carolina investigators eventually led them to Price’s location after sentence reduction in a New York City apartment, where he was apprehended without incident. The revocation of Price’s sentence reduction deal and subsequent evasion highlighted the controversial 2010 law in South Carolina that allows for prison sentences to have sentence reduction if inmates provide information safeguarding prison staff and others. The case has sparked discussions about transparency and proper procedures surrounding such deals, with authorities and legal experts emphasizing the need for clear guidelines to prevent similar situations in the future.