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tive tie.

His fam­ily sat in the front row, one of his sons sit­ting on his grand­fa­ther’s lap. His mother shook with emo­tion at times, at one point mut­ter­ing a prayer. Af­ter his tes­ti­mony, he waved at his fam­ily and gave his son a big smile.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Li­maMarin ad­mit­ted he had made a mis­take but said he served the ap­pro­pri­ate amount of time for his crime.

“I was a stupid child, a dumb kid that made a mis­take. I was given trumpedup charges for who knows what rea­son,” he said. “I de­serve to be pun­ished, I ad­mit that, but not 98 years.”

At­tor­neys with the Colorado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions ques­tioned wheth- er Lima-Marin knew he was re­leased er­ro­neously, which he said he didn’t. In­stead, “all I knew was my prayers had been an­swered.”

They also ar­gued that it would not be fair for Li­maMarin to get off early due to a cler­i­cal er­ror while his part­ner in the rob­beries, Michael Clifton, is still serv­ing his 98-year sen­tence.

The at­tor­neys pointed to the case of Evan Ebel, some­one mis­tak­enly re­leased early from prison who then killed pris­ons di­rec­tor Tom Cle­ments.

The crowd in the court­room grum­bled at the state’s ar­gu­ments and at times turned to their faith, say­ing, “This is in your hands, God.”

Af­ter the hear­ing, Li­maMarin’s at­tor­ney Jamie Halscott crit­i­cized the Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions’ at­tempts to prove that Lima-Marin knew his re­lease was a mis­take, say­ing the state was try­ing to de­pict him as a Lex Luthor-like crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind gam­ing the sys­tem.

“Ob­vi­ously, when the state doesn’t have much to go on, that’s what they’re go­ing to say,” Halscott said.

Lima-Marin en­listed Halscott, a Florida ap­peals spe­cial­ist, af­ter the firm at which he is a man­ag­ing part­ner won a sim­i­lar case in Mis­souri.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, Jas­mine told a story about when her hus­band wore his fa­vorite red jacket to a pizza par­lor dur­ing a rough snow­storm. When he left the res­tau­rant, he wasn’t wear­ing the jacket.

When she asked him where it went, he said a home­less man had com­pli­mented him on his jacket, so he gave it to him.

“He’s a changed per­son. He’s been re­ha­bil­i­tated,” Jas­mine said. “He’s shown that he can be a pro­duc­tive mem­ber of so­ci­ety. I don’t think it’s go­ing to ac­com­plish any­thing by mak­ing him spend his life in prison.”

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