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Mar 29, 2013 11:14 PM by Eric Ross

Closer look into why Evan Ebel may have been released from prison early

Evan Spencer Ebel, the prime suspect in the shooting death of Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Clements and Golden pizza delivery man Nathan Leon may have been released from prison early due to a record keeping error.

Ebel was sentenced to 3 years in 2005 for breaking into a car and possessing a gun with a scratched off serial number. He also received an additional 8 years for carjacking a man and breaking into his home.

Because of how the justice system works, Ebel was released on parole in January 2013 after serving just 8 years.

However, while in prison, Ebel was sentenced in 2008 to an additional 4 years for assaulting a prison guard. This sentence was supposed to be served consecutively.

Instead, it was entered into the computer system as a concurrent sentence, meaning the four years he received vanished in 2012.

If the judge changed the terms of this sentence, it's not reflected in the court minutes.

News 5 will request a transcript of the court hearing on Monday to see what exactly the judge discussed during that sentence.



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