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Valrico murder suspect disciplined for 'disobeying order' weeks before prison release

Posted: 9:07 PM, Aug 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 23:29:14-04
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — The I-Team has uncovered weeks before James Hanson's release from prison, he was disciplined for "disobeying order." Hanson is the suspect charged in the carjacking, kidnapping and murder of 68-year-old Mathew Korattiyil and bank robbery in Valrico.

Tuesday, less than five weeks after getting out of prison, deputies say Hanson robbed CenterState Bank at gunpoint, car-jacked Korattiyil, a bank customer, then murdered him.

Suspect strangled carjacking victim with belt, stole his clothes before leaving him in bushes, affidavit says

The I-Team learned Hanson walked out of prison on something called "conditional release," which is reserved for sex offenders and career criminals. Hanson faced disciplinary action for disobeying order on May 8, but was still released July 2.

Records show state prison officials interviewed Hanson in February, and recommended special conditions for his release. A state commission overseeing inmate releases approved the conditions in May. Those conditions include anger management, no contact with victim and a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

I-TEAM: Valrico murder suspect committed new crimes within a month of getting out of jail

Hanson was serving probation at the time of the latest crimes. The I-Team is waiting to hear back from the Department of Corrections about why Hanson was released from prison several years before his full sentence was up.

I-TEAM: Valrico carjacking suspect, James Hanson, has lengthy criminal past including a life-sentence