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Emily Fasel

Jail releases wrong inmate who skipped court dozens of times

A Jackson County Jail inmate who skipped court dozens of times over three-and-a-half years was mistakenly released Sunday but was back in custody within two days, Sheriff Nate Sickler said in a Wednesday release.

Emily Ashton Fasel, 23, of Portland, was released from jail early Sunday morning because of overcrowding after being mistaken for another inmate, Sickler said. Investigators are trying to determine whether Fasel intentionally misrepresented herself as the other inmate, Sickler said.

“Regardless, we made a mistake and let the wrong person out of jail. We will work to ensure this doesn’t happen again,” he said.

Fasel was found Tuesday night in a Grants Pass hotel and was taken back to the Jackson County Jail, he said.

Jackson County Circuit Court records show dozens of failure-to-appear notations in Fasel's six cases involving heroin and methamphetamine charges since January 2015. She was supposed to be held in jail until her cases could be adjudicated under the Chronic Failure to Appear program, Sickler said. She was arrested June 6 on a heroin possession charge by Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement detectives, he said.

In addition to multiple active warrants, Fasel now faces a new charge of theft for allegedly taking property belonging to the other inmate, Sickler said. The case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review, he said.

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