A suspect in the fatal Denver shooting of a 21 year-old woman was paroled from Colorado’s prison system due to coronavirus concerns three weeks before the killing. Cases have been piling up of prisoners released early due to COVID-19 committing horrific crimes.
Cornelius Haney, now 40, pleaded guilty in 2016 to robbery and was sentenced to seven years in prison, court records show. He was paroled April 15 — four months before his mandatory parole date — under powers granted to the Colorado Department of Corrections by Gov. Jared Polis meant to speed up certain releases from the prison system to lower the population amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Haney had been eligible for parole since March 2017.
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“Mr. Haney was released due to special needs parole criteria. When looking at special needs parole criteria, the Department of Corrections’ medical staff reviews offenders for risk factors related to COVID as documented by the Centers for Disease Control.”
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The department did not immediately say what condition led to Haney’s consideration for special needs parole. Haney’s previous criminal convictions include drug possession, attempted escape, second-degree assault and theft. His release under special needs parole was first reported by 9News.