Cuban felon, pardoned, gets 2nd chance to fight deportation

A Cuban immigrant who was ordered deported because of an armed robbery conviction in Colorado has won a second chance to argue why he should stay in the U.S.

Rene Lima-Marin's lawyer said Tuesday that a Denver immigration judge overturned the deportation order and re-assigned his case to immigration court.

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Deportation proceedings began after Lima-Marin was convicted of armed robbery in 2000 and sentenced to 98 years in prison. He was mistakenly released 90 years early from a Colorado prison, got married, got a job and had a child. He returned to prison after authorities discovered their mistake in 2014.

A judge ordered Lima-Marin freed this year, but he was picked up by immigration officials for deportation. Colorado's governor pardoned him in an effort to stop deportation.

© 2017 Associated Press


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