Man convicted in NM murder case released early

October 18, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who was serving 39 years in prison for the deaths of two people in a remote cabin near Torreon was mistakenly released twice from prison this year, state corrections department officials said Wednesday.

Lawrence Nieto could have been released early again in September, but a new system to check the files of inmates caught the miscalculation in his release date, according to State Department of Corrections Secretary Gregg Marcantel.

“As unacceptable as it is, I’m glad we are uncovering this now,” Marcantel said.

Nieto had been let out of prison in March and August, but violated his parole both times and was sent back, department spokeswoman Cristina Rodda said.

The miscalculation occurred when Nieto successfully overturned his original convictions and Login to read more

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