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Colorado inmate freed early, jailed again wins release

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - A suburban Denver robbery-kidnapping convict has been ordered released from prison after being mistakenly freed decades early, then re-incarcerated.

Rene Lima-Marin was convicted in 2000 of multiple robbery, kidnapping and burglary counts. He and another man had robbed two video stores at gunpoint.

Lima-Marin was sentenced to 98 years in prison. But he was mistakenly released on parole in 2008, then held a steady job and got married. Authorities realized the mistake in 2014, and police returned him to prison.

The decision Tuesday ends years of battles by Lima-Marin to be freed. Chief Arapahoe County District Judge Carlos Samour Jr. wrote that it would be "draconian" to keep Lima-Marin in prison and that he has paid his debt to society.

Lima-Marin's release was first reported by The Denver Post.

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