Ex-inmate suspected of killing Colorado prisons chief mistakenly freed 4 years early
Because of a paperwork error, the suspect in last month's killing of Colorado's corrections chief was freed from prison in January -- four years earlier than authorities intended.Oopsie! He attacked a prison guard and threatened to kill him and his family. He was charged with felonies for the attack, and the charges "mistakenly" were recorded as to be served concurrently with his ongoing sentence rather than consecutively. In effect, he got a freebie. He violently attacked a guard, threatened the man and his family, and didn't serve an extra moment.
Judicial officials acknowledged Monday that Evan Spencer Ebel's previous felony conviction had been inaccurately recorded and his release was a mistake.
Why is that, you ask? That's a very good question. They're calling it a clerical error. Except this:
Ebel's early release was just the latest twist in a case full of painful ironies. His father is friends with Hickenlooper and had testified before the Colorado Legislature about the damage solitary confinement did to his son. Clements was worried about that very issue.(emphasis mine) certainly makes one wonder, does it not? I mean, I'm sure that the prisoner's ties to the governor of the state had nothing to do with the "error" that led to him being released some four years early, right? That same governor, mind you, who doesn't trust his state's citizens with magazines over 15-round capacity. His prison system is either corrupt or woefully inept, but g-d forbid you buy a new P-mag! I'll bet they'd make you serve THAT sentence consecutively...
Here's the guy they gave a free pass on a violent assault and terroristic threats:
Ebel spent much of his time behind bars in solitary confinement and had a long record of disciplinary violations. Records show he joined a white supremacist prison gang.
That is all.
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