DENVER — Friday, May 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today pardoned Rene-Lima Marin of criminal convictions.
“The case of Rene Lima-Marin presents an extraordinary set of facts. His family has endured an emotional rollercoaster over the past months and years that is difficult to imagine. Mr. Lima-Marin committed serious crimes when he was much younger, and I believe he was justly convicted and punished for those crimes. To the extent rehabilitation is a goal of imprisonment, Mr. Lima-Marin appears to have achieved it.
The District Court judge who recently reviewed this case noted that Mr. Lima-Marin has served the functional equivalent of a 32-year sentence in the Department of Corrections. Mr. Lima-Marin was a model prisoner for 13 years. He obtained his GED and earned certifications in computer programming and braille transcription. When he was released on parole in 2008 due to a clerical error, he had an exemplary record, satisfying every condition of parole.
Mr. Lima-Marin led a law-abiding life. He married and raised a family, bought a home, gave back to the community, spoke to teenagers and young adults about making good choices in life, and learned a trade to support his family. By all accounts, he became a productive, respected, well-liked, and valued member of his community. Six years after leaving prison, the prosecutor in the case discovered the error that led to Mr. Lima-Marin’s early release. He was re-arrested, taken away from his family and community, and returned to prison to carry out the remainder of his lengthy sentence. In 2016, he filed a petition for habeas corpus, seeking his immediate release from prison.
DENVER —Friday, May 19, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper signed these bills into law on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
DENVER — Thursday, May 18, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:
We notified the Attorney General that we did not want to pursue an appeal of the Martinez case. We believe that the statute governing the commission's powers does not include the authority to initiate an appeal in this case. However, the Attorney General reached a different legal conclusion. While we understand and respect the commission's desire for further clarity from the Supreme Court, we believe the court of appeals' decision does not represent a significant departure from the commission's current approach. The commission already elevates public health and environmental concerns when considering regulating oil and gas operations.