Dewyatt Hill, courtesy Blount County Sheriff's Office
Escape charges have been dropped against a man who was accidentally released from the Blount County Detention Facility.
Dewyatt Hill was finally recaptured Tuesday night after more than a month of freedom. The Smoky Mountains Fugitive Task Force spent hundreds of man-hours searching for Hill, who was released on July 18. The sheriff's office blamed both human and policy errors for the error.
According to a press release, the U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Attorneys Office reviewed the charges against Hill and, "in the best interest of justice, dismissed the escape charges."
Court documents say the dismissal of the charges will allow Hill to be transported to the Bureau of Prisons "as expeditiously as possible" to serve his 71-year prison sentence.
The Marshals Service will also conduct an investigation into the circumstances of Hill's release. No one is facing any charges in relation to Hill's escape.