Colorado inmate who turned life around after mistaken release freed again

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

"The Colorado Department of Corrections did what was required by law and released Mr. Lima-Marin to Immigration and Customs Enforcement".

This was also when he was ordered removed from the country by a federal immigration judge. He is released from prison but arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

In a recent decision, Arapahoe County District Court Judge Carlos Samour Jr. stated that "it would be utterly unjust to compel Lima-Marin, at this juncture, to serve the rest of his extremely long sentence".

During almost six years of freedom, Rene Lima-Marin married, became a father, became active in his church and secured a job installing glass windows in skyscrapers.

Lima-Marin was "ordered removed" by a federal immigration judge in Denver on November 1, 2000, ICE said in a statement to the Post.

In the following years Lima-Marin stayed out of trouble, married, and started a family; only to be told in 2014 that the court had realized its mistake and he'd be going back to prison.

There was no immediate word from the state Department of Corrections on when Lima-Marin would be released from a prison in southern Colorado, the newspaper reported.

The judge called Lima-Marin a "model prisoner" and said the government acted with "conscience-shocking" indifference when they put him back in prison in 2014.

"Technically the way it would work is we're not holding them after their release", he said, adding that they normally notify ICE when they plan to release someone so ICE can be there.

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The state case surrounding Lima-Marin has been high-profile for weeks.

Lima-Marin, who came to the USA from Cuba with his parents when he was a toddler during the 1980 Mariel boat lift, was convicted in 2000 of multiple robbery, kidnapping and burglary counts after he and another man robbed two video stores at gunpoint.

Lima-Marin came to the USA from Cuba when he was 1 year old, according to Jasmine. They had two boys, Justus and Josiah, bought a house. Now, while the judge said let him go, ICE says no, and Lima-Martin as well as his family, are unsure what will happen from here, but he currently remains in ICE custody.

The Colorado Legislature approved a nonbinding resolution earlier this month urging Gov. John Hickenlooper to grant Lima-Marin clemency.

His father, Eli Borges, told the Post that Lima-Marin became a legal resident when they arrived but never applied for USA citizenship like his parents had done.

Cuba generally only accepts deportations on a case-by-case basis so there's no guarantee Lima-Marin will be sent there. However - seeing that Lima-Martin had become a productive member of society - a judge granted him his freedom once again.

Kimberly Diego, Lima-Marin's attorney, claims that his status is "absolutely legal".

Hickenlooper issued a statement about Lima-Marin's surprise detention, but did not address the issue of a pardon, or return requests for comment from BBC News. This led an attorney to tell him to not appeal, saying the sentence had been reduced, which meant he would be released on parole in 2008.

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

Other reports by GizPress

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