CHICAGO | A Gary native serving 60 years in prison on a murder charge was accidentally released from custody in Chicago this week.
The Indiana Department of Correction released Steven L. Robbins, 44, on Tuesday to the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, where he faced charges of possession of controlled substance with intent to deliver, according to a news release from the department.
The charges were dropped during a hearing, but Robbins never made it back to Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, officials said.
The Cook County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that deputies are investigating how Robbins was released from custody.
He's described as black, 5 feet and 5 inches tall, and 190 pounds. He has a tattoo of the name "Nicole" on his neck.
Robbins has been in prison since Oct. 25, 2004, when he was sentenced to 60 years for murder and carrying a handgun without a license in Marion County. He was scheduled to be released from prison in 2029.
According to media reports, Robbins was convicted of killing Richard Melton, of Kentucky, in Indianapolis. The Indiana Department of Correction said the murder happened May 12, 2002.
Officials have issued a warrant for Robbins' arrest in Illinois and Indiana. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-8477.