DENVER — Because of a paperwork error, the suspect in last month´s killing of Colorado´s corrections chief was freed from prison in January — four years earlier than authorities intended. Judicial officials acknowledged Monday that Evan Spencer Ebel´s previous felony conviction had been inaccurately recorded and his release was a mistake. In 2008, Ebel pleaded guilty in rural Fremont County to assaulting a prison officer. In the plea deal, Ebel was to be sentenced to up to four additional years in prison, to be served after he completed the eight-year sentence that put him behind bars in 2005, according to a statement from Colorado's 11th Judicial District.
Comments: I find it amazing that NOWHERE, nowhere, NOWHERE, in this attire do they address how this guy got a gun and managed to kill two people -- one of which was a high ranking state official. They focus on the clerical error, which is HORRIBLE, but what about the fact that in any state, under any of our current laws, this guy should´ve never had access to a gun. Further proof that the laws we have now are not enforced or easy to evade.
I have often thought that when a released criminal goes out and commits a really nasty crime like this one, everyone who was involved with the release should be investigated. If, during this investigation, errors that allowed for the release should be found, that person or persons should be hauled before a judge and sentenced in someway. Maybe that would make them a little more careful in their ´paperwork´
not even paperwork, #2 - it was the judge. By not clearly stating that the additional time was to be served consecutively, it was ´´assumed´´ that he meant concurrently. And you know what ´´assume´´ makes out of you and me. Such a shame this error could not have been made in the case of a lesser criminal. This guy was a full-on sociopath and people paid for this error with their lives...
Thanks poster #1, but the point is, nowhere in this article do they mention the straw purchase or how he got the gun. Yes, Anne Vigil may be end up being prosecuted, but on the front end, none of the laws in place kept this from happening.
On a separate note, I´m surprised that the top prison official in the state didn´t have serious security at his home. It reminds me of Gabbie Giffords holding a public meeting, knowing a federal judge would be attending, and not contacting the Sheriff´s office to ask for security (which is typically the protocol for members of Congress when they are in their home districts). Her lack of attention to security, enabled a crazy person to take advantage of her public gathering.
We were originally told that this guy had served his full sentence, had been released directly from solitary confinement into the general population, and that was that. He could not have been kept longer. Someone lied.
---"Ebel´s early release was just the latest twist in a case full of painful ironies. His father is friends with Hickenlooper and had testified before the Colorado Legislature about the damage solitary confinement did to his son. Clements was worried about that very issue. Hickenlooper raised the case with Clements when the governor hired him to come to Colorado in 2011. The Democratic governor said he never mentioned Ebel´s name and the inmate received no special treatment"--
he was NOT let out early.. he was let out on time.. the JUDGE who did not state the sentences were to run concurrently/consecutively is responsible for not looking over the transcript of his sentence before it was sent to the clerk.. did he just get out of third grade? he doesn´t check his work? the $12 an hour clerk also should have just sent the order back to the court for clarification..
The shooting death of the head of the Dept. of Corrections has been a real interesting story of liberal "unintended consequences" the past couple of weeks. First, the dead guy was a big proponent of letting time in solitary confinement count as "good time" toward a prisoner´s release. The governor signed that into law last year; otherwise, the guy who committed the murder would still be in jail. Next, we found out that the governor knew the father of the murderer that was let out early. Now, we find out that the district court judge screwed up the sentencing order, and that the murderer was let out FOUR YEARS earlier than he should have been!
I´m glad the cops in Texas took care of the problem once and for all.
Sorry, this is somewhat off topic. In respect to straw purchases, no law can prevent them unless retail weapons sales are banned. Proper enforcement of existing laws, however, can provide strong deterrance. For example, a 10 year mandatory sentence for a straw purchases has to be more effective than giving straw purchasers a slap on the wrist. On a related topic, I believe the Columbine killers used straw purchased guns.
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An Australian mother has chosen to scar her daughter for life with what might be the nastiest eBay listing of all time After her daughter lied to her about hanging out at an older boy´s house, the eBay user "tsfe" decided to teach her a lesson by auctioning off the One Direction concert tickets she had previously purchased as a birthday gift. The blistering, shaming message tsfe wrote in the listing was discovered by the Reddit user canusich, and it´s sure to make your inner teenager want to disappear on the spot. Here it is:
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