A convicted criminal serving a seven-year sentence for armed robbery is suspected of murdering a 21-year-old woman less than a month after he was prematurely released from prison.
The felon, Cornelius Haney, was released from the Colorado prison system by an executive order from Democrat Governor Jared Polis’ executive order freeing inmates from jails out of concern for coronavirus.
BREAKING: Cornelius Haney, released in April from a Colorado prison due to COVID-19, arrested for murder of 21-year-old woman in Denver pic.twitter.com/4yNSJsiltI— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 15, 2020
Haney, 40, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Heather Perry, 21, and would not have been released from prison on parole until August of this year.
I just asked Polis, “Your DOC confirmed that last month, acting on your executive order, it released inmate Cornelius Haney early and placed him on special parole. This weekend, Denver police say he murdered a 21 year old woman. What are your thoughts on that & his release?”— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 15, 2020
Governor Polis, who signed off on the order that granted Haney his early release, has already washed his hands of the situation in a statement released today:
“He would have had mandatory parole granted in August of this year. He has been up for parole since 2017.
In making those decisions, they are taking into account the safety of prison guards and others, but no prisoner who is a danger to society should be released early in any situation. And of course, nobody on that parole board thought that this person was going to do what they allegedly did, but they couldn’t have held them much longer under the law.
Haney is now being held without bail at the Denver jail and is facing additional charges including possession of a weapon, theft, and kidnapping.