Gov. Hickenlooper Pardons Rene Lima-Marin

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.

Gov. Hickenlooper's statement on the Martinez Case

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.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on Lima-Marin

DENVER — Wednesday, May17, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:

We can’t imagine the emotional roller coaster this family has endured. The Colorado Department of Corrections did what was required by law and released Mr. Lima-Marin to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The family has shown amazing strength and we hope this is a temporary stop on his way to being reunited with his family.

Gov. Hickenlooper appoints Sedgwick County judge

DENVER — Monday, May 8, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper has appointed James Craig Dolezal as judge on the Sedgwick County Court in the 13th Judicial District. He fills a vacancy created by the resignation of the Honorable Tera N. Neugebauer.

Dolezal is currently an Enumerator with the National Agriculture Statistic Service and the State of Colorado Division of the National Association of States Department of Agriculture.  His prior employment includes Financial Advisor for JCD Wealth Management, LLC, in Julesburg, CO (2009-2016); Financial Advisor for UBS Financial Services, Inc. in Greeley, CO (2005-2009); Staff Executive for George S. May, Co. in Las Vegas, NV (2002-2005); Operations Manager for Larson Motors, Inc. in Sterling, CO (1997-2001); Owner of The Shirt Merchant in Julesburg, CO (1994-1997); Co-owner and Manager of South Platte Agri-Feeders, Inc. in Sedgwick, CO (1988-1993); Executive Director of Sedgwick County Economic Development Board in Julesburg, CO (1988-1993); and an employee in various banking institutions in Colorado (1973-1987).  Dolezal earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 1973.

Dolezal’s appointment was effective May 1, 2017.

Gov. Hickenlooper’s statement on the House of Representatives vote on the American Health Care Act

DENVER — Thursday, May 4,  2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today released the following statement:

“This new bill threatens to end health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of hard working Coloradans, by cutting important tax credits and critical federal funding.  The new changes do not adequately protect people with pre-existing conditions. Further, it is irresponsible to vote on this bill without an updated estimate of how much it will cost and how many Americans will lose coverage.  The Senate should reject this bill.”

Colorado joins 11 states in asking Trump Administration to stay in Paris Climate Accord

DENVER — Wednesday, May 3,  2017 — Gov. John W. Hickenlooper today joined governors from 11 other states in asking the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Accord, the historic global climate agreement. In the letter, the states note the vast economic and competitive advantages of staying in the climate agreement -- including the United States’ leadership in advancing clean energy technologies, which has driven the creation of hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

Colorado ranks among the nation’s largest clean energy employers. As of 2015, 2,070 clean technology companies operate in Colorado, and the industry supports more than 62,000 jobs. These clean tech jobs provide Coloradans $3.6 billion in wages. Colorado’s renewable energy industry is poised for significant growth in the years ahead, which will help clean Colorado’s air, reduce consumers’ electricity bills, and support well-paying jobs.

“Remaining in the Paris Agreement is crucial to Colorado’s future,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “Clean energy is a win for Colorado jobs, a win for Colorado consumers, and a win for cleaner air. We look forward to continuing our progress and working with this administration to create 21st century jobs for a 21st century workforce.”