HAYWARD -- A man mistakenly released from a Georgia prison was captured by U.S. Marshals with the help of Contra Costa County Sheriff's deputies Tuesday.

William Potter, 49, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in the parking lot of a Hayward Days Inn hotel after he was tracked to the Bay Area by law enforcement, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Frank Conroy.

Potter, who was convicted of weapons violations and robbery in Georgia, was sentenced to 100 years in prison; he is eligible for parole in 2044, Conroy said. Potter was mistakenly released from prison and fled the Atlanta area.

Potter has been booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, where he awaits extradition back to Georgia.

"Mr. Potter believed he could hide on the other side of the country without being noticed," said Don O'Keefe, the U.S. Marshal for the Northern District of California. "No one can outrun a sophisticated law enforcement network like (the U.S. Marshals), and it's something of which the U.S. Marshals and their partnered agencies are very proud."

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