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Judge orders investigation into release of felon

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Misty Thompson Misty Thompson
Judge Rodney Burress Judge Rodney Burress
Judge Rodney Burress questions a Bullitt County deputy sheriff about the release of Thompson. Judge Rodney Burress questions a Bullitt County deputy sheriff about the release of Thompson.
Bullitt County Attorney Monica Robinson Bullitt County Attorney Monica Robinson

SHEPHERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Bullitt County judge has ordered an investigation on behalf of the Commonwealth's Attorney as to why a convicted felon was unlawfully released from jail last week.

On the morning of October 24, Misty Thompson was sentenced to the Home Incarceration Program (HIP) by Judge Rodney Burress in Bullitt Circuit Court. While waiting to be put into HIP, Thompson was told she was released.

During an emergency hearing the next morning, Burress questioned authorities about why Thompson was released. In the court video, Burress asked a sheriff's deputy how she was released.

Burress: "What happened to her?"

Deputy: "She was released."

Burress: "On what Supreme Court order or what Court of Appeals order?"

Deputy: "I'm not aware of that."

Following the questioning of the deputy, Bullitt County Attorney Monica Robinson spoke out.

Robinson: "Judge I'll be happy to address that."

Burress quickly to Robinson: "No, not a word."

Robinson wanted to change Thompson's order of home incarceration to a GPS program that was voted on by the county as an option for inmates on parole that would make Thompson pay monitoring fees.

"Ms. Thompson went to the sheriff's office to be put under HIP with an order that waived all fees associated with the HIP program and we denied her at that time," Robinson said.

Robinson told Burress it was taking money from taxpayers. Burress said if she gave 100% of her income she couldn't afford the GPS system fees.  

Thompson is convicted of fraudulent use of a credit card, burglary and theft. She was ordered to return to the jail to be put under home incarceration.

A hearing to discuss which program she should be in was scheduled for November 1.

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