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Governor: Man arrested by ICE following prison release pardoned, there will be no special session


DENVER - Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper called a media conference Friday afternoon to make two major announcements.

First, the governor says he has pardoned Rene Lima-Marin.

Lima-Marin was accidentally released from prison early in 2008. He had been serving a 98-year sentence for robbing two video stores in 1998.

Over the next five years, he got married and started a family. He was put back behind bars once the mistake was discovered.

Lima-Marin went to court and won his freedom, but just as he was about to be released this week, he was taken into custody by ICE. Lima-Marin immigrated to the United States from Cuba as a teenager and faced deportation because he was a convicted felon.

It's unclear what will happen next. During his news conference Friday, the governor said he hopes Lima-Marin isn't deported.


Governor Hickenlooper also announced his decision on whether to call lawmakers back to the capitol for a special session. It's not going to happen.

Hickenlooper was considering reconvening the legislature to work on unfinished business, primarily funding for transportation and healthcare.

At Friday's news conference, the governor said the political climate that prevented lawmakers from making progress on these issues during the regular session has not changed, and because of that, he doesn't think a special session would be fruitful.








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