Colorado’s governor issued a controversial pardon Friday to stop the deportation of a convicted armed robber to Cuba, but the officer of justice in whose office prosecuted the man questions his validity.
Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, says that with the forgiven, he has done everything he can to prevent that Rene Lima-Marin, 38, in the USA
He came to the US. as a toddler, as part of the 1980 Mariel boat lift from Cuba and had lawful residence, until it is withdrawn after his 2000 criminal conviction. Lima-Marin was sentenced to 98 years in prison for the robbery. But he was mistakenly paroled from the Colorado state prison in 2008.
Lima-Marin married, had a child and got a hard job to install glass for the government realized their mistake in 2014 and sent him back for the rest of his 98-year prison sentence.
Fox 31 Denver reports that after a judge released Lim-Martin from prison earlier this week, immigration authorities moved in to keep him before he could be reunited with his family.
“The law, very successful, constructive member of society,” Hickenlooper said after the issuance of the pardon Friday, the station reported. “It is a remarkable story.”
But prosecutor George Brauchler said Hickenlooper did not give his office enough time to react.
“The hasty decision to ignore the law of the state was seemingly on the skirt of the federal law, and that is not the correct use of the governor of the pardon power,” said Brauchler, who is running for governor as a Republican.
The DA told Fox 31 that the grace seems to violate Colorado law, “and may even be an invalid pardon.”
The Associated Press reported that Lima-Marin’s case has become a bipartisan cause celebre in Colorado, 98 members of the state Assembly, Democrats and Republicans, called on Hickenlooper to grant him grace.
His detention comes as the Trump administration moved aggressively to the speed of the deportation, sometimes provoking conflicts with local officials.
Immigration authorities picked Lima-Marin on a deportation order from 2000, which was still active. His lawyer said a pardon was the only way to block the deportation.
Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for the ICE cream, it will be indicated that Hickenlooper is forgiven would not be enough to stop the deportation.
“Rene Michael Lima-Marin currently has final orders of removal from a federal immigration judge,” he said in a statement.
Lima-Marin and his accomplice were charged with robbing video stores in 1998. They were convicted on multiple robbery, kidnapping and burglary counts. The accomplice is still active 98 years in prison.
The judge that released Lima-Marin said it would be “draconian” to keep him in prison.
But one of the robbery victims said Lima-Marin is not merit freedom.
“I think it’s outrageous how he used the system,” Jason Kasperek told the AP. He recalled how Lima-Marin and the accomplice held a gun to his head as they forced him to open the store safe.
“I think it’s completely ridiculous,” he said. “It is unjust for all the victims that have been involved.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.