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Colorado Court Issues Apology For Parole Error

An official apology was issued on Monday by the Colorado court that mistakenly released the man suspected of killing that state's chief of prisons and a pizza delivery driver last month.

White supremacist Evan Ebel was released on parole on January 28 after concurrently serving three years for a gun offense and eight years for a carjacking. But he was also supposed to have served an additional four years after assaulting a prison guard in 2006.

Citing a clerical error, the Fremont County court failed to note the additional four years - and Ebel then became the primary suspect in the killing of prisons director Tom Clements and pizza delivery man Nathan Leon two months after the release.

"Because the judge did not expressly state that the sentence was consecutive, the court judicial assistant did not include that term in the mittimus, the sentence order that went to the Department of Corrections," 11th Judicial District Administrator Walter Blair wrote in a statement. "The court regrets this oversight and extends condolences to the families of Mr. Nathan Leon and Mr. Tom Clements."

Ebel later died following a standoff with police.

by RTT Staff Writer

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