© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

Ohio Reinstates Parole Officer Of Police Slaying Suspect

odrc_logo.png
drc.gov
/

Ohio's prisons department has reinstated a parole officer after determining he didn't violate policies or procedures while supervising a former inmate now accused of killing a policeman.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction put the parole officer on paid administrative leave after 32-year-old Herschel Ray Jones III was arrested in the mid-January shooting of an auxiliary officer in Danville. Jones has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges in Knox County and remains jailed.

Jones' brother-in-law told WBNS-TV that Jones' sister had concerns about Jones threatening others and having guns, so she tried to call his parole officer Jan. 1 and left a message. 

A prisons department spokesman says the department determined Jones' sister mistakenly called local probation services, not the state parole authority that was supervising Jones.