Man suing for wrongful imprisonment behind bars again

Lavelle Bible is facing 1st degree burglary charges. (Hennepin County Jail photo)

Lavelle Bible, the Minneapolis man who tried to sue the state after he was imprisoned for three years longer than his 2004 criminal sexual conduct convictions allowed for, is in the Hennepin County jail on a felony first degree burglary charge.

According to the criminal complaint, Bible, 44, allegedly broke into a home in Crystal around 4 a.m. on Oct. 7 waking the homeowner, his wife and 4-year-old son. Police say the homeowner yelled at Bible as he entered the home, causing the intruder to flee. The complaint says police found Bible hiding nearby.

In 2011, a judge ordered Bible released from prison after determining the Department of Corrections erred when it repeatedly sent Bible, a Level III sex offender, back to prison for violations of his release.

Legal experts say Bible's lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment is unusual because there is no current state law that provides for compensation for a person who overstays their sentence due to an error on the part of the state.

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