Sheriff’s Office Says Inmate Convicted For Shooting Wife Multiple Times Was Accidentally Released

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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A Texas inmate who was convicted of shooting his wife multiple times was accidentally released from prison Tuesday after a clerical error, authorities said.

Sixty-one year-old Marcelo Perez Campos was convicted Feb. 20 on one count of aggravated assault of a family member after he shot his wife several times in February of 2021. His wife survived, according to ABC 13. Campos was slated to begin his 25-year sentence when authorities say Campos was “erroneously released” from the Harris County Jail.

Olivia Rivers, the executive director for The Bridge Over Troubled Waters which shelters survivors of domestic violence told ABC 13 Campos’ wife was likely worried.

“I’m sure she is definitely not getting any sleep tonight because she doesn’t know where he is,” Rivers reportedly said. “I feel like when it comes to victims of domestic and sexual violence, the justice system only has two responsibilities: the offender accountability and victim safety. And both of those things have fallen through the cracks with this case.”

Authorities immediately began a search for Campos, who is described as 5’7″ weighing 200 pounds. (RELATED: Convicted Murderer Allegedly Stabs Officer Driving Bus, Escapes On Foot As Other Officer Fires Shotgun)

Authorities announced Wednesday that Campos “has been taken into custody and returned to the Harris County Jail” but did not provide further detail.