Clergy seek pardon of inmate freed 90 years early

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Posted: Sep 16, 2014 8:51 PM

DENVER (AP) — Faith leaders are asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to pardon a Colorado convict who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early and creating a new life.

In a letter to Hickenlooper dated Tuesday, clergy members urged the release of Rene Lima-Marin, who was sentenced in 2000 to a total of 98 years in prison for robbery, kidnapping and burglary after he and another man robbed two video stores at gunpoint. But a clerk's mistake allowed him to be paroled in 2008.

He held a job, married and had a son before authorities realized the mistake.

The letter says Lima-Marin's children are losing a role model. Supporters also held a vigil Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Hickenlooper did not return a call for comment.