Rene Lima-Marin is making headlines after being released from prison in the US, re-arrested, released and now detained.
Lima-Marin was serving a 98-year prison sentence after he robbed two video stores in Colorado in 1998. His prison term started in April 2000, after he was convicted of multiple counts of kidnapping, burglary, aggravated robbery and use of a deadly weapon during commission of a crime, as a gun was used.
Judges documents report that no-one was injured during any of these crimes, and another man was also convicted.
He was released from prison in April 2008, due to a clerical error. His paperwork said he was to serve his sentence ‘concurrently,’ instead of ‘consecutively.’
This error saw him released from prison in 2008, and was not noticed by the Department of Corrections until January 2014, when he was re-arrested to serve the remainder of his 98-year sentence.
During his six years as a free man, Lima-Marin had gained long-term employment, met, and married a woman, started a family, and purchased a house in Colorado. All of which, his attorney said to the court is evidence that he’s been successfully rehabilitated.
Per the Judge’s ruling, Lima-Marin was called an “asset to society,” and “an outstanding citizen,” as he spends time encouraging young people to make good decisions, it was also stated that he’d completed five years of parole with “flying colours.”
The Judge said, “Requiring Lima-Marin to serve the rest of his prison sentence all these years later would be draconian, would deprive him of substantive due process, and would perpetrate a manifest injustice. Because the Court finds that Lima-Marin is being unlawfully detained, he is ordered released. No other remedy will result in justice in this case.”
The Facebook page created in support of this release posted a positive announcement yesterday.
“The Judge has ruled to Release Rene! God has heard our prayers! Thank you all for the love and support! I will keep everyone updated once he is out and home!
Thank you all!”
Unfortunately, since this uplifting post has been read, shared, and commented on almost 800 times, Lima-Marin’s situation has changed again.
He has since been released from the Fremont Correctional Facility in Canon City, Colorado, but is currently being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Lima-Marin’s wife, Jasmine told Fox News that her anticipated reunion with her husband was “sabotaged” by ICE who detained him on Wednesday afternoon.
Since he has been detained, Lima-Marin’s Attorney has been frantically trying to figure out what to do.
As Lima-Marin came to the USA as a child from Cuba, the now, 38-year-old can legally be deported, having been convicted of an aggravated felony.
His attorney said, this is not something they saw coming, as when he was mistakenly-released nine years ago, the Department did not take this action.
As of now, ICE’s intentions are unclear, will he be released and free to return home to his life in the USA, or will he be deported to Cuba?
This is all a bit of a mixed blessing for the family as he’s been shown mercy by the Judge, but not by immigration.
You can follow his story as it breaks on social media by searching #FreeRene.
Picture courtesy: FreeRene Lima-Marin