Chicago jail releases murderer by mistake

CREATED Feb 1, 2013

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CHICAGO - A convicted murderer is on the loose after being freed by mistake Thursday by authorities with the Cook County, Illinois jail.

Steven Robbins, 44, appeared in court Thursday on charges of possession of controlled substance and intent to deliver. 

Those charges were dropped and Illinois authorities released him by mistake. They were supposed to return him to Indiana prison officials.

Illinois and Indiana police are now searching for Robbins.

Robbins was convicted of murder in 2004 and for carrying a handgun without a license. He received a 60 year sentence.

He is described as five feet, five inches tall, 190 pounds and has a tattoo on the right side of his neck that reads Nicole.