Colorado man to be freed early now in immigration custody

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Mag 19, 2017

Rene Lima-Marin, who was sentenced to 98 years in prison for in a 2000 robbery, kidnapping and burglary case, was mistakenly released into parole in 2008, and followed that parole. "No one knows what's going to happen in the new administration".

Lima-Marin was convicted in 1998 for his role in two armed robberies and sentenced to 98 years in prison. Do you think they need to tone it down?

The sentences were supposed to be served consecutively, but a court clerk marked them as a single term. He then held a steady job installing glass, got married and has a stepson, Justus, 10, and son JoJo, 7, who was born while he was out of prison.

Lima-Marin was being held at the Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado. According to Lima-Marin's father, his son became a legal resident when they reached American shores, but he never applied for US citizenship.

She said he checked in with immigration officials every few months after he was mistakenly released from prison in 2008 but deportation was not a concern then. "Not all people who are rehabilitated behave that way".

Jasmine Lima-Marin awaits word of her husband's prison release as she arranges some welcome-home balloons into place at the family's home in Denver, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. No other remedy will result in justice in this case. That same day, he was taken from his family and imprisoned to serve the remainder of his sentence.

"In effect, after its utter lack of care led to Lima-Marin's premature release and prolonged erroneous liberty, in January 2014, the government made a decision to compensate for its transgressions by swiftly turning back the clock and returning Lima-Marin to prison - not through the use of a magic wand or the invention of a time machine built out of a DeLorean, which might have transported him back to his life in April 2008, but through the simple issuance of an arrest warrant, which merely put him back in prison, disregarding everything that had transpired between April 2008 and January 2014", Samour said.

"His case was unique in that sense", said Lima-Marin's attorney, Kimberly Diego, of Lima-Marin's accomplishments after being released from prison, reports CNN.

It's been three years since Lima-Marin was home with his boys.

With his decision on Tuesday, Samour ruled that Lima-Marin should be set free, saying that "although most of Lima-Marin's sentence remains unserved, he has sufficiently paid his debt to society".

May this ruling strongly guide Lima-Marin's case with the immigration authorities moving forward. According to The Denver Post, his wife was eating lunch in her vehicle when she was informed of the judge's decision.

"I just rolled up my windows in the vehicle and started screaming", Jasmine told the Denver Post.

Rene Lima-Marin, 38, was released to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Denver on Wednesday, according to the Colorado Department of Corrections. "I became a man of God", Lima-Marin told CBS4 in a phone interview from prison. The decision regarding Lima-Marin's case is also now being reviewed by the Colorado Attorney General's office.

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