New law seeks clarity on Colo. prison sentences

DENVER — Colorado prison officials and the courts will need to clarify when multiple sentences are supposed to be served at the same time or one after the other, after an error led to the early release of an inmate suspected of killing the state’s prison chief.

A bill signed into law Tuesday requires the Department of Corrections to seek clarification from courts when it’s not specified how an offender is to serve two or more sentences.

The law is a response to the case of Evan Ebel, the suspect in the March killing of Tom Clements.

Ebel was in prison when he was sentenced to an additional four years for assaulting a prison officer. But it was unclear whether the sentences were supposed to be served consecutively and officials treated them as concurrent.

He was released four years early.


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