Mother files lawsuit after teen allegedly killed by man who was mistakenly released from prison

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Ceasar Medina's life ended because of a computer glitch, according to a lawsuit.

"Ceasar's death was easily preventable had the DOC done its job and had it not knowingly released dangerous offender Jeremiah Smith from prison before his sentence had been satisfied," a lawsuit filed on Veronica Medina-Gonzalez's behalf read.

Authorities told Q13 a computer glitch at the department of corrections led to officials mistakenly releasing prisoners who should have remained behind bars.

One of those prisoners, Jeremiah Smith, allegedly shot and killed Medina while attempting to rob a tattoo parlor in 2015.

Now, Smith is facing murder charges and the victim's mother is furious.

Veronica Medina-Gonzalez is now suing the state for $5 million because of that computer glitch.

Officials say the glitch allowed thousands of prisoners to be released early.

It started in 2002 and was noticed in 2012, but nothing was done until 2015, according to information released from state officials.

Another prisoner who was released early is facing vehicular homicide charges after he allegedly drove his girlfriend's car drunk and crashed, killing her.