SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Just six days after a local man was booked in the Lane County Jail for stabbing someone, he was released.
Capacity based releases are a pretty common occurrence at the Lane County Jail, but until now Jacob Hartman never felt impacted by these releases.
That was before a man who stabbed him was released from the jail.
Hartman is out of the hospital and aside from a cane he’s using to help himself walk, it’s hard to see what he’s gone through in the past week.
“He got me four times in the leg and once in the abdomen and an attempt in the rib cage,” said Hartman.
His girlfriend Cassie’s ex husband, Erik Libbert, allegedly attacked Hartman after breaking into Cassie’s Springfield home. “When he came to the house he came with lethal intent and I’m sure that if I wasn’t there there would’ve been fatalities,” said Hartman.
Springfield Police arrested Libbert after the dispute and until Saturday he was lodged in the Lane County Jail. But on Sunday he was no longer in custody. “I mean, I don’t understand why they’re letting him out. From what I understand they just got a bunch of funding. For somebody that violent to be let out less than a week later is pretty confusing,” said Hartman.
But the jail hasn’t expanded its services yet. It plans to house more violent individuals starting July 8th, doubling the amount of jail beds it currently has.
But even with this expansion, Hartman still worries about these capacity-based releases. “I mean, this guy could’ve easily been there and there could’ve been multiple fatalities and he should not be out on the street,” said Hartman.
Hartman has the wounds to show how violent this attack got. It took 13 internal stitches, 10 external stitches, and 39 staples to repair the wounds.
But Hartman feels these wounds aren’t so bad compared to what could’ve happened if he were not there. “Definitely, definitely feel better that it was me and not any of the children or any of the women that were in the house. I got stabbed five times and as far as I’m concerned it was once for her and each of her children,” said Hartman.
Two of those kids are Libbert’s children, but after this attack Cassie obtained a restraining order to keep the family safe.
The Lane County Jail said Libbert was released early Saturday afternoon and is currently wearing an electronic ankle bracelet.