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Mount Vernon, Knox County, Ohio

MOUNT VERNON - Parole Officer William Baer of Knox County has been reinstated. A news release late today from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says the investigation revealed Officer Baer did not violate any DRC policies or procedures during his supervision of Herschel Jones. Jones is charged with killing DPD Officer Thomas Cottrell January 17th in the parking lot of the DPD. Jones could face the death penalty if convicted. He has a long criminal history.

The investigation further revealed the phone call Jones’ sister claimed she made to Officer Baer did not happen.

Baer was placed on administrative leave two weeks ago.

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