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Man Mistakenly Released From Prison In 2008 Must Return To Serve 98 Years For Armed Robberies

Pic: Rene and family (C) - taken from http://www.change.org/petitions/rene-lima-marin

Pic: Rene and family (C) – taken from http://www.change.org/petitions/rene-lima-mari

Rene Lima-Marin served ten years connected with two armed robberies. He was released in 2008, but this was supposedly a mistake. A judge has ruled that he must return to prison to serve the rest of a 98 year sentence.

His family has set up an online petition to help generate support for his immediate release.

Via KCTV 5:

BURLINGTON, CO (KDVR/CNN) – A man broke his silence from behind bars, speaking out about spending the rest of his life in prison.

Rene Lima-Marin was 19 years old when he robbed two video stores armed with a gun.

He served 10 years and was released in April 2008, but that turned out to be a mistake.

He says the rifle he used in the robberies wasn’t loaded, and no one was hurt. But his case was aggressively prosecuted under a program called “Cop,” a program which is no longer in use.

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11-Year-Old Boy Is The Youngest Person To Face A Life Sentence Without Parole

Jordan Brown poses for his school photo.

Jordan Brown poses for his school photo.

A Pennsylvanian boy, age 11, was arrested for shooting his father’s pregnant fianceé in her sleep. He is now this youngest person to face a life sentence without parole. The judge has been criticized for his decision to try the boy as an adult because he refused to plead guilty. Defense attorneys and human rights campaigners have argued that the judge’s decision violates the boy’s right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Raw Story reports:

Boy’s claim of innocence prompted judge to try him as adult

A Pennsylvania boy who was 11 years old when he allegedly shot and killed his father’s pregnant fiancee could find himself being the youngest person ever sentenced to life without parole.

Human rights campaigners have said the case shows the US’ justice system to be unusually harsh towards juvenile offenders, and argue that a life sentence for the boy could violate international law.

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