An eternal convict in in Lane County, Oregon has perpetrated what could well be described the most efficient example of re-offending ever. Christopher Franklin Weaver was re-arrested shortly after he robbed a bank at 11.55 am yesterday, which was, impressively, less than an hour after his release from Lane County jail at 11.
To make things look even worse for the County Sheriff, Weaver had actually been released early. He was one of 32 inmates released as part of a cost-cutting measure on the part of the Sheriff’s poor, beleaguered department. Since the county no longer had enough resources to keep all of their local inmates incarcerated, Weaver was one of those judged to be sufficiently low-risk for an early release. If anything, he seems to have actively set out to prove them wrong.
In fairness to Sheriff Tom Turner, his department apparently hasn’t been receiving enough money from the Federal Government to house all their inmates. This means inmates are being released who otherwise wouldn’t be, like, for example, Weaver.
Weaver was originally in jail on a parole violation linked to a conviction for second-degree sexual abuse, as well as failing to appear in court on charges of unlawful use of a vehicle. Clearly this is someone who doesn’t like to play ball with the law. He will, however, have a lot more dealings with them now, as he is now unsurprisingly back in jail on a federal hold, meaning he is no longer eligible for an early release.
County Sheriff’s Sergeant Carrie Carver attempted, to an extent, to downplay the incident. “This isn’t necessarily a worst-case scenario”, she said, though conceding, “it’s a very bad case.”
Photo: Adrian Barnett