Inmate released by mistake recaptured by U.S. Marshals Task Force

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After Andrea Flagg completed serving a sentence on an unrelated charge, prison officials allegedly did not realize he should have been returned to Dothan for another trial.

He reportedly still had charges for the shooting of James Gillard in 2015.

“He was at the Department of Corrections on two cases, and at the time the Court of Criminal Appeals reversed and remanded one of those cases,” Houston County Circuit Clerk Carla Woodall said. “Then, he was reclassified as a county inmate, but he was also a state inmate for a charge he had been convicted of.”

In her 12 and a half years, Woodall tells me that this is the first time she’s seen this happen and that this was not a mistake made by the clerk’s office.

The office immediately notified the DOC that the reverse and remand had been issued by the Court of Criminal Appeals, and they recalled the transcript.

“Attached to the warrant was the transcript recall along with the order from the court of criminal appeals of the reverse and remand,” Woodall said. “It was immediately taken to the sheriff’s department, who immediately took the steps to put him back into custody.”

Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said that on Friday they were notified of Flagg being released and that there were people working on locating him.

“We’ve had U.S. Marshals Task Force, which consists of members of our department, the Dothan Police Department, and a couple of other departments around the Wiregrass,” Sheriff Valenza said. “(We) started looking for him, and about 6:45 this morning, they located him in a local motel and took him into custody.”

Valenza said that there were no incidents getting Flagg back into custody and that he is currently in the Houston County jail on a $500,000 bond.

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