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April 4, 2013

Colorado governor orders audit of inmate records

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. —

At the news conference, the head of Colorado's parole system, Tim Hand, said his officers struggle to keep up with their caseloads.

"We're releasing approximately 800 parolees out of our prison system every month. Every month," Hand said. "So if we had the resources to have more contact and interactions with the populations, I think we would have better results."

Ebel was sentenced to a combined eight years in prison for a series of assault and menacing convictions in 2005. He was convicted of assaulting a prison guard in 2008, but a clerical error led his new four-year term to be recorded as running simultaneously to his other sentences, rather than starting when they finished. As a result, he was released Jan. 28 — four years early.

"The Department of Corrections will prioritize the review of cases with the greatest level of risk, going back 10 years, and reviewing the required consecutive sentencing," Gov. John Hickenlooper said in a statement. "The Department of Corrections will work with the attorney general's office on any issues that may need further action."

Meanwhile, authorities launched a multistate manhunt for the two other 211 gang members.

El Paso County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Kramer said the names of James Lohr, 47, and Thomas Guolee, 31, surfaced during the investigation. He wouldn't elaborate.

Authorities say the two Colorado Springs men have been associated with Ebel in the past. Both are wanted on warrants unrelated to Clements' death, and authorities believe they are armed and dangerous.

Ebel is the only suspect that investigators have named in Clements' killing, but they haven't given a motive. They have said they're looking into his connection to the gang he joined while in prison, and whether that was linked to the attack.

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