Inmate mistakenly released from Davidson County jail back in custody

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — An inmate is back in custody after he was mistakenly released from the Davidson County Jail Friday.  

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed that Roberto Viera-Aybar is back in custody after being released in error by the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. 

Metro police said Viera-Aybar made arrangements through his attorney to surrender just after 11 a.m. Wednesday.  

He was previously charged in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Luis Antonio Lopez, of Nashville. His body was found burned in the woods in Whitfield County, Georgia in 2017. 

Police said Viera-Aybar was booked June 12, 2018 on multiple probation violation charges along with a premeditated murder charge.  

In error, on June 28, 2019, a time computation staff member consolidated the murder charge into the probation violation sentence. On August 30, his sentence was complete for the probation violations, the murder charge was no longer listed due to the previous error, and Viera-Aybar was cleared for release. 

The DCSO said they began investigating the error after being notified. The employee responsible for the mistake will face disciplinary action. The agency is also exploring any actions that could prevent the error from occurring again. 

“There is no excuse for a mistake such as this. Although the work of calculating thousands of sentences annually – is high volume and can be extremely complicated – we cannot become careless,” Sheriff Daron Hall said. “We are relieved he is back in custody, without incident, and are committed to doing everything possible to see this doesn’t happen again.” 

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