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Wife of man facing deportation hopes for reunion


In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early. On Tuesday May 16, 2017, a judge ordered him released from prison again, saying it would be "draconian" to keep him behind bars and that he has paid his debt to society. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

In this May 7, 2014 file photo, Rene Lima-Marin sits for an interview with The Associated Press about the circumstances of his sentencing and incarceration, in a meeting room inside Kit Carson Correctional Center, a privately operated prison in Burlington, Colo. Lima-Marin was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early. On Tuesday May 16, 2017, a judge ordered him released from prison again, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him behind bars and that he has paid his debt to society. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a man ordered released from prison and then arrested by immigration authorities (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The wife of a Colorado man ordered to be re-released from prison after a mix up says she remains hopeful the family will be reunited.

Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents arrested 38-year-old Rene Lima-Marin after his release from prison Wednesday.

His wife, Jasmine, said Lima-Marin checked in with immigration officials every few months after he was mistakenly released from prison in 2008 but deportation was not a concern then.

Lima-Marin was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, mistakenly released in 2008 and then ordered back to prison in 2014. This week a judge ordered him to be released again, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him in prison.

Two Colorado lawmakers signed a letter asking Gov. John Hickenlooper to pardon Lima-Marin in order to remove the legal basis for ICE to detain him.

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9:33 a.m.

Federal immigration authorities say a Colorado man ordered to be re-released from prison after a huge mix up is facing possible deportation to Cuba.

Immigration Customs and Enforcement agents arrested 38-year-old Rene Lima-Marin after he was released from prison Wednesday.

ICE said Thursday that he remains in its custody as it tries to deport him to Cuba, a country he left as a child.

Cuba only accepts deportations on a case-by-case basis so there’s not guarantee he will be sent there. If Cuba refuses to accept him, he could be allowed to remain in the United States with orders to check in regularly with immigration officials.

Lima-Marin was convicted of armed robbery in 2000, mistakenly released in 2008 and then ordered back to prison in 2014. This week a judge ordered him to be released again, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him in prison.

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1:03 a.m.

What was supposed to be a joyous homecoming for a Colorado man whose 98-year prison term was cut short turned to heartache when he was detained by immigration officials just as he was set to be released.

Rene Lima-Marin’s wife was ready to pick him up from prison. Instead, he called her to tell her he was being held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Lima-Marin was convicted in 2000 in the armed robbery of two video stores. He was mistakenly released in 2008, then held a steady job, got married and had a son.

Authorities realized the mistake in 2014 and returned him to prison.

A judge on Tuesday ordered Lima-Marin’s release, saying it would be “draconian” to keep him in prison.

Source: AP

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