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ICE says it will not pursue Cuban immigrant pardoned by Hickenlooper

Author: Erin Prater - March 27, 2018 - Updated: March 27, 2018

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Rene Lima-Marin talks to his mother on the phone March 26 shortly after being released from an immigration detention facility in Aurora. Lima-Marin walked out of an immigration detention center in suburban Denver on Monday after winning his deportation case. Lima-Marin was convicted of armed robbery in 2000 and sentenced to 98 years in prison but mistakenly paroled in 2008 in prison. After his release, Lima-Marin married, started a family and a got a job but was returned to prison after authorities discovered their mistake six years later. (Photo by Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press)

AURORA — Federal immigration officials say they will not pursue a Cuban immigrant who was mistakenly released early from prison, sent back and then released again.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement Monday night saying the agency will abide by an immigration judge’s decision to terminate the deportation proceedings involving Rene Lima-Marin.

He was released from an immigration detention facility in suburban Denver on Monday after the federal government lost its immigration board appeal to keep deportation proceedings going against him.

Lima-Marin, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, started a family after he was mistakenly paroled in 2008. He returned to prison after authorities discovered their mistake six years later.

Last year a judge ordered him released, but he was then arrested by immigration officials.

Erin Prater

Erin Prater

Erin Prater is Colorado Politics' digital editor. She is a multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. Her previous positions include military reporter at The Gazette, general assignment reporter at The Huerfano County (Colo.) World, copy editor at David C. Cook publishing house and adjunct mass communication instructor at Pueblo Community College. Her bylines include The New York Times Upfront, The Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Military Spouse magazine and Omaha Magazine (Omaha, Neb.). Her syndicated bylines include The Denver Post, MSNBC.com, Military.com and wire services.