A man from Colorado faces an immigration court problem after he got out from prison by mistake, then he was arrested then freed another time.
Rene Lima-Marin is a 38 years old prisoner who was sentenced in 1998 to 98 years for robbery. He was released on Tuesday only to get held one day later by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The prisoner’s future
ICE stated a judge from federal immigration instructed his dismissal in 2000 and he’s “pending his removal to Cuba.”
Colorado Department of Corrections’ spokesperson, Mark Fairbairn, said that Lima-Marin was being freed from a Denver building on Wednesday.
In 2008, Lima-Marin was released by mistake then when officials figured out the error, he was rearrested again in 2014.
During his six years of freedom, Lima-Marin had a job and got married and made a family. He also bought home.
“His case was unique in that sense,” she said. “Not all people who are rehabilitated behave that way,” Kimberly Diego, the prisoner’s attorney, commented.
Carlos Samour Jr., Arapahoe County Court Judge, said he earned his freedom.
“It would be utterly unjust to compel Lima-Marin, at this juncture, to serve the rest of his extremely long sentence,” the judge said.
According to the judge, Lima-Marin is an “asset to society” and an “outstanding citizen” who have been behaving very good during the six years.
There was a mistake in the prisoner’s paperwork, so instead of writing that his rulings were to be fulfilled consecutively, it was written concurrently.
Hence, when discussing an appeal, Lima-Marin’s attorney told him that his sentence had been condensed to 16 years. The lawyer counseled him to forget about the appeal and wait to be released in 2008.
It wasn’t until January 7, 2014, until Lima-Marin’s absence was noticed when a one-time prosecutor looked for his name on the prisoner locating system and didn’t find it.
He was then arrested on the same day to continue his 98-year sentence.
“After its utter lack of care led to Lima-Marin’s premature release and prolonged erroneous liberty, in January 2014, the government decided to compensate for its transgressions by swiftly turning back the clock and returning Lima-Marin to prison … disregarding everything that had transpired between April 2008 and January 2014,” Samour said.