Appeal planned by man returned to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early

DENVER - An attorney for a Colorado convict who returned to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says he will appeal the man's incarceration.

Patrick Megaro said Tuesday that Rene Lima-Marin suffered cruel and unusual punishment when authorities sent him back to prison after discovering the mistake. He says his client's rights were violated.

Rene Lima-Marin said Monday in his first public comments about the case that he reformed his life during six years of freedom. He was convicted in 2000 on multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping and burglary charges, and a judge issued him back-to-back sentences for a total of 98 years. A court clerk mistakenly wrote that Lima-Marin would serve the sentences at the same time.

Robbery victim Shane Ashurst says Lima-Marin got the sentence he deserved and should stay behind bars.

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