I spoke with one of Cory Maye’s attorneys this morning. He’s still being processed in Rankin County, Mississippi, and has not yet been released.
As I understand it, part of the problem is that the Mississippi Department of Corrections had no record of Maye’s incarceration from the night of the raid in late 2001 until his trial in early 2004. I’m not sure why that is, though I guess it might have something to do with the fact that on the night of the raid, Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Henry McCullum had Maye surreptitiously moved from his jail to the Forrest County jail for Maye’s safety.
Anyway, in order to give Maye credit for that time, they had to clear up the clerical error. Technically, Maye has only served 9 1/2 years of his 10-year sentence, though with time for good behavior, he should be well over his sentence. It apparently also took some time to calculate that good behavior credit, which obviously wasn’t a factor when Maye was sentenced to death, and then to life without parole.
Maye attorney Abe Pafford said this morning that this all now seems to be taken care of, and they’re just waiting on a release date. For reasons that also aren’t exactly clear, it could be another week or more before that happens.