Suspect in Colo. prison chief death got out early
DENVER (AP) - 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 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.
However, the judge did not say the sentence was meant to be "consecutive," or in addition to, Ebel's current one. So the court clerk recorded it as one to be served "concurrently," or at the same time.
Police believe Ebel killed prisons chief Tom Clements and Denver pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon.
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