DENVER - Evan Ebel’s parole officer worked a sporadic schedule during the time the suspected killer of Corrections Director Tom Clements and a pizza delivery driver was tampering with his ankle monitor.
CALL7 Investigators obtained the officer’s time card and it showed that he worked a full day on March 14 -- the first time Ebel tampered with his ankle monitor. The officer, whose name we are withholding, worked just three hours the following Friday, took the weekend off and worked a half day Monday. Monday was the day after pizza delivery driver Nate Leon was slain.
On Tuesday, the parole officer worked a 9-hour day, but that was four days after Ebel removed his ankle monitor. That Tuesday was the first day that the parole officer attempted to contact Ebel and determined he was an absconder. Hours later, Clements was gunned down.
Colorado's Department of Corrections declined to talk about the timeline.
“Were Tom Clements' employees asleep at the wheel when he was murdered?” asked CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta. “Where is the accountability?”
“We're not going there,” said DOC spokeswoman Alison Morgan. “We're not talking about the Ebel case anymore than what's in there."
There was no requirement for Ebel’s parole officer to check the ankle alert system and no requirement for him to respond to alerts from the Colorado Web-Based Support Environment System (CWISE), CALL7 Investigators found.
But Parole Director Tim Hand said officers check the system regularly.
“The CPOs (Community Parole Officers) check in on a fairly frequent basis,” he said.
CALL7 Investigators also found that despite the absences from work of Ebel’s parole officer, he had two back up officers, a team leader, a supervisor, a manager, an assistant director and director. It’s unclear what, if anything, those state officials did in the Ebel case, and DOC is investigating.
“There's a lot of internal review,” Hand said. “That's ongoing but we've also brought in an external review with National Institute of Corrections. It's our belief with this technical assistance they come in and we really start to drill down on some of the questions you're raising right now."
DOC previously said parole officers had caseloads of as many as 60 parolees, but records show Ebel’s parole officer was with the gang unit. Those specialized officers often have workloads of about half of regular parole officers, because their parolees need more supervision, DOC officials said.