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FBI Informant Sues for 110 Days False Imprisonment in Oregon Prison

An FBI informant is suing the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC) for holding him 110 days past his release date.

In the late 1970s, Jack Rowlands gained notoriety by planting a bomb at Portland International Airport, in a failed attempt to extort $200,000. All he got was a federal prison sentence.

In 2002, Rowlands pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse in Oregon and was sentenced to probation. In 2005, however, he violated his probation ands was sentenced to ODOC custody. He claims he should have been released August 11, 2006, but ODOC held him until November 29, 2006.

Rowlands recently made repeated claims that he knew where a Portland police officer dumped a body in 1978. In response to his claims Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk asked the FBI to investigate. No evidence was found to support Rowland’s claims.

On October 8, 2007, Rowlands, 67, sued ODOC in state court for false imprisonment. He alleges ODOC held him 110 days too long because it failed to credit him with time served in the county jail. He seeks at least $100,000 for “anxiety, loss of companionship with his family, humiliation, mental anguish and depression.”

Source: The Oregonian

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