March 31st, 2013
03:18 AM ET

Suspect may have been freed 4 years early

There are indications that the man believed to have killed the head of the Colorado prison system this month may have been released from prison early because of a clerical error.

Evan Ebel entered the Department of Corrections in February, 2005, sentenced to three years in prison on robbery and menacing charges. In June 2005, facing more charges, Ebel was sentenced to eight years for assault and three more years for menacing, both concurrent to the original sentence, meaning he could get out in eight years total, in 2013.

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  1. chrissy

    Someones math doesnt add up. Based on the numbers provided in this article the total years would be 19. So if he got 19 years he shouldve not been released until 2023.

    March 31, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Oops that should be 2024

    March 31, 2013 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Nope should be 2019

    March 31, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    11 years from 2005 would be 2016, if running concurrently instead of consecutively...CNN's math is wrong.
    "Ebel was sentenced to eight years for assault and three more years for menacing." 8 plus 3 = 11 to run concurrently (at the same time) as what he was originally senteneced with...doesn't add up.

    March 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. fernace

    Assault, robbery, menacing, this guy has serious issues! W/out serious therapy, he should've just stayed in prison! There're people who just enjoy being contrary, mean & lawless & incarceration doesn't help for the better! It just teaches better ways to be bad! For our security they should never get out, because when they do, assault, menacing....!!

    March 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rebecca

    Absolutely! And what happened with the ankle bracelet he had on? His parole officer shouldve put out an alert when it was taken off, and if it wasnt off, then when he was out of his allowed radious.

    March 31, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ronvan

    The other side to this, for me, is another example of a flawed legal system. GUILTY found innocent after years in prison, Early release because of GOOD? behavior, overcrowding, or some "mistake" made in the original trial. Attornies that misuse, twist, pervert, the law in order to get their client off. Backroom deals, plea bargaining, and on and on. Sane, insane! I don't really care. An "eye for an eye", NOT "turn the other cheek"!

    April 1, 2013 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This man had multiple infractions levied against him while in prison. I haven't a clue as to why they would have let him out for good behavior when he was anything but.

      April 1, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mister Sequester

    Janet Napolitano has informed us that incarcerating convicts is very expensive, and we can no longer afford it unless the rich pay their fair share. Therefore, the mathematical contortions where we find good-time credit, trustee credit, education credit, blah blah that makes a mockery of truth in sentencing will be done away with and we'll just start releasing the violent back out into civilized society at earliest convenience. That's your government, hard at work!

    April 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |