A former inmate who built a life for himself after he was mistakenly released from prison in 2008 has won another reprieve, this time from an immigration court.
The government could appeal last week’s immigration decision; if it decides against an appeal, Lima-Marin “walks free and we put the nightmare behind us,” his lawyer, Aaron Elinoff, said in an interview with the Denver Post.
It is the second legal victory for Lima-Marin. In May, a Colorado judge ruled he did not have to serve the final 90 years of his sentence for participating in two video store robberies committed at age 19.
Lima-Marin had been sentenced in 2000. He was mistakenly paroled in 2008. Over the ensuing five years, he married, became a father, became active in his church and got a job.
The mistake was discovered in 2014 and Lima-Marin was sent back to prison. After the Colorado judge ruled for Lima-Marin in May, he was arrested by immigration authorities. Lima-Marin came to the United States with his parents as a toddler during the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
in May, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pardoned Lima-Marin in a bid to help him avoid deportation.