Colorado Inmate is Finally Free

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

Lima-Marin's release was first reported by The Denver Post.

In preparation for Lima-Marin's release on Wednesday, a Criminal Justice Information Services review determined Lima-Marin possibly had an ICE detainer.

Williams did not respond to a call for comment, nor did Judge Carlos Samour, Jr. of the 18th Judicial District, who ordered Lima-Marin's release Tuesday. Lima-Marin then held a steady job and got married.

Samour called Lima-Marin "a valuable member of the community" who "was impeccably law-abiding" during his time out of custody, and wrote that putting him back in prison disregarded "everything that had transpired between April 2008 and January 2014".

An error in prison paperwork said Lima-Marin was to serve his sentences concurrently instead of consecutively.

Samour also criticized "the government's conscience-shocking deliberate indifference" when it accidentally released a man and didn't notice the error for six years.

But things took a turn for the worse for Rene Lima-Marin on Wednesday when federal immigration officials arrested him, report The Associated Press and the Denver Post.

"It would be the highest act of cruelty in this case if at the cusp of Lima-Marin about to once again join his wife, Jasmine and their two sons for a life of freedom, that he be sent away forever", the letter said.

Lima-Marin's life, however, was interrupted in January 2014, when a former prosecutor searched for his name in the Department of Corrections' inmate locator and discovered that Lima-Marin's name did not show up. Instead, she says, he was granted refugee status by the government.

"I am so happy for Rene Lima-Marin and his family!"

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"It would be utterly unjust to compel Lima-Marin, at this juncture, to serve the rest of his extremely long sentence", he wrote. He was sentenced to back-to-back, or consecutive, sentences on eight convictions, for a total of 98 years.

Gov. John Hickenlooper released a statement about Lima-Marin's situation on Wednesday: "The family has shown unbelievable strength and we hope this is a temporary stop on his way to being reunited with his family".

He was convicted in 2000 of multiple robbery, kidnapping and burglary counts after he and another man robbed two video stores at gunpoint. I would have never bought a house. USA officials said in January the repeal of the policy dealt more with cases going forward, and acknowledged Cuba would continue to review case by case when the US government sought deportations.

Diego added that she was scrambling to find him an immigration attorney.

State legislators unanimously passed a resolution urging the Colorado governor to grant Lima-Marin clemency. But in 2014, authorities returned the Cuban-American father to prison.

"You have to question the motives of ICE", Salazar told The Independent.

Lima-Marin was brought to the United States when he was two years old by his parents, who fled from Cuba during the 1980 Mariel boatlift, according to the Denver Post.

"Everyone is completely devastated", his Denver-based attorney, Kimberly Diego, said.

Says Martinez: "Rene needs us to continue to fight to keep his family together and stop his deportation".

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