James Robert Brewer

James Robert Brewer, 31, of Ashland was sentenced to 10 years active time collectively on three cases in Boyd County Circuit Court on Thursday. Brewer is currently lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center. 

CATLETTSBURG – A man who was inadvertently released from the Boyd County Detention Center in February was sentenced to a decade in prison on a variety of cases including a probation violation, third degree assault, forgery, and escape.

James Robert Brewer, 31, of Ashland was sentenced by Judge John Vincent to 10 years active time incarcerated in Boyd County Circuit Court.

Brewer was sentenced to five years active time for violating his probation, said Boyd County Commonwealth Attorney Rhonda Copley.

Brewer was sentenced in a separate case to three years consecutive on third degree assault, said Copley.

Brewer was sentenced in a separate case to two years consecutive on second degree escape, second degree forgery, and theft of identity of another without consent.

Brewer was inadvertently released from the Boyd County Detention Center in February after a jail employee mistakenly released the man from custody. Boyd County Jailer William Hensley said the jail employee was then dismissed from their position. Brewer was subsequently apprehended nearby, hiding underneath the porch of a home.

Brewer was originally arrested in January by the Boyd County Sheriff's Department.

Brewer remains lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.

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