A Colorado man convicted of murdering a 21-year-old woman in Denver last Saturday has been released from prison due to coronavirus. According to local media.
Cornelius Haney, 40, was arrested over the weekend for shooting Heather Perry in an alleyway, according to NBC 9 News-Denver. The motive for the assassination has not been released by police.
The Colorado Corrections Department spawned Haney from prison on April 15 – four months before he was released – due to the epidemic, a spokesman told the television station.
More than a decade of criminal history, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for burglary when he was released by a state executive order designed to reduce the number of inmates during the public health crisis.
According to 9News-Denver, the order allowed some inmates to get out of jail and enter what was called a “special needs parole.”
“When looking at the special needs parole criteria, the Correctional Medical Staff reviews offenders for covariate-related risk factors, as documented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC),” the spokesman told the station.
“The medical team reviews the inmates’ medical records to ascertain the conditions and their severity. The department is also reviewing information relating to their incarceration and imprisonment. Once the Medicare and Parole Committee has made a recommendation, the packet is sent to the Parole Board for review. “
States across the country – including New York – have issued similar orders to thin prison populations, which are particularly vulnerable to coronavirus outbreaks.