According to Clay Circuit Court documents, attorney Ed McGlone filed a "hardship" motion on behalf of Timothy J. Steuerwald, 39, in Clay Circuit Court. The motion requested that Steuerwald be released from the Clay County Justice Center on June 25 in order to help his family replant 1,200-1,600 acres of lost crop due to water damage.
Steuerwald was serving a sentence for a conviction on several drug related charges stemming from a February arrest.
Approved by Circuit Judge Joseph Trout, Steuerwald was ordered to return to the CCJC on July 14.
However, when the day arrived, Steuerwald failed turn himself in to authorities.
According to officials, it is not Steuerwald's first offense. During the past few years, he has several prior probation violations and, in 2007, a prior separate instance of failing to return.
On Monday, CCJC Jail Commander Ken Rollings contacted the court and a warrant was issued for Steuerwald's arrest.
During Wednesday's booking process, Rollings told The Brazil Times that Steuerwald was inadvertently charged with "Escape," which is the charge category the class D felony charge of "failure to return for lawful detention" and similar types of charges are listed.
Officials want to assure the public that no inmate escaped from the CCJC, it is only a technical term used during the charging process.
Appearing before Clay Circuit Court Judge Trout Thursday for his initial hearing, Steuerwald said he would be hiring private counsel and a preliminary plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf. A jury trial was schedule for 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Steuerwald remains incarcerated on a $7,000 cash bond with no 10 percent allowed and a 15-day hold for probation violation.
A clerical error led to the wrong information being provided to The Brazil Times in a story written for the July 18 edition about Timothy J. Steuerwald. At some point during the file transfer process from the Clay County Courthouse to the Clay County Justice Center, a page from Christopher Steuerwald's charging information was inadvertently placed in Timothy's file. According to court documentation, Timothy was incarcerated in February for a third incident of "failure to return to law enforcement," not for drug related charges as stated in the story.