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FAITH LEADERS TO HOLD VIGIL OUTSIDE GOVERNOR'S MANSION FOR PARDONING RENE LIMA-MARIN

September 15, 2014


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FAITH LEADERS TO HOLD VIGIL OUTSIDE GOVERNOR'S MANSION FOR PARDONING RENE LIMA-MARIN
Faith leaders ask Gov. Hickenlooper and Attorney General Suthers for pardon for Rene Lima-Mari's clerical error



What: On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5 to 5:45pm at the park south Governor's Mansionclergy and faith leaders will be gathering for a vigil and delivering a letter to Gov. Hickenlooper for Rene Lima-Marin, who was re-arrested after being released due to a clerical error.


Why: The purpose of this prayer vigil is to present a letter signed by clergy and faith leaders in Colorado to Governor Hickenlooper and Attorney General Suthers and support Rene Lima-Marin's family. Additionally, Together Colorado leaders are bringing awareness to excessive mandatory minimum sentences.


In 1998 Rene, age 19, was arrested for aggravated robbery of two local video stores. In 2000, he was sentenced for three charges of second-degree kidnapping 16 years each, two first degree burglary charges 10 years each, and 3 aggravated robbery charges 10 years each, totaling a 98 year sentence if served consecutively.
He was sentenced to 98 years. A clerical error was made and he was asked to serve a concurrent sentence of 16 years. After serving 8 of the 16 years, Rene was released in April 2008, in a decision made by the Colorado State Parole Board. Since then, he turned his life completely around. He received steady work after many hardships; he got married and has two beautiful boys. He even started his own youth ministry.

In January of this year Rene was re-arrested and made aware of the clerical error. He is currently serving the rest of his 98-year sentence in Kit Carson Prison.

Where: South Governor's Mansion at the park off of Penn St. and 7th St.

When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5 to 5:45 p.m.
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Who: 30 faith leaders from Together Colorado, and Rene's wife, Jasmine Lima-Marin.



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