Officials find more sentencing mistakes at courthouse that let Evan Ebel out of prison early
Ebel suspected in 2 murders after prison release
Last Updated: 241 days ago
FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. - An internal investigation found two more sentencing mistakes at the same Fremont County courthouse where an error allowed accused killer Evan Ebel to leave prison four years early.
Authorities now believe Ebel, who was released on parole in January, shot and killed Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements and Nate Leon, a part-time Domino's Pizza delivery driver, last month. Ebel later died in shootout with Texas law enforcement officers.
Last week, the 11th Judicial District confirmed that Ebel was released from prison four years early due to a mistake in how the Fremont County District Court communicated the sentence to the Department of Corrections.
"The court regrets this oversight and extends condolences to the families of Mr. Nathan Leon and Mr. Tom Clements," read a statement by Chief Judge Charles M. Barton and District Administrator Walter Blair.
After further review, court officials say they've found and fixed additional sentencing errors, but refused to provide details on the errors, KRDO-TV reported Tuesday.
District Attorney Thom LeDoux said the courts didn't tell him about the additional mistakes. He said he learned about them from KRDO-TV.
LeDoux said he offered to help court officials with a review after the Ebel sentencing error became public, but judicial officials never responded to his offer.
For its review, the court looked at cases similar to Ebel's over the last five years, KRDO-TV said. The 11th judicial district continues to call the mistakes isolated, but LeDoux told the TV station he's not sure if he agrees.
"The problem is isolated. Obviously, it becomes less isolated when you find multiple incidents, but we still have faith in the court system and the clerk’s office," said LeDoux.
11th Judicial District officials refused to do an interview with KRDO-TV, but in a statement said the errors were minor and have been fixed.
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