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.