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Pizza Deliveryman Who Was Slain Wife Angry Over Evan Ebel's Mistaken Release

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Published on Apr 2, 2013

Relatives of a pizza deliveryman believed slain by the same man who killed Colorado's prisons chief say a court's apology for a clerical error that led to the suspect's early release isn't enough.

"Clerical error ain't going to bring my husband back," deliveryman Nathan Leon's widow, Katherine Leon, told CNN affiliate KUSA. "[It] ain't going to bring Tom Clements back. It's not going to bring my children's father back. How do I tell my 4-year-old (that) daddy was murdered because of a clerical error?"

Evan Ebel, the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief Tom Clements, was released from prison in January -- four years earlier than he was supposed to be let out.

Authorities suspect he went on to kill Clements and also say there is a "strong connection" between that killing and the murder of Leon, who was found dead in suburban Golden, Colorado.


Clements was shot to death at his home outside Colorado Springs on March 19. Ebel was killed two days later in northern Texas in a gun battle with authorities that left a sheriff's deputy wounded.

Court officials failed to notify the state Department of Corrections that Ebel was supposed to serve two consecutive four-year terms for assaulting a prison guard, so the department let him out early.

The judge in the case did not explicitly mention that the sentences were supposed to run one after another because those conditions were included in the plea agreement, according to a statement Monday by Charles Barton, chief judge of the 11th Judicial District, and Walter Blair, district administrator.

"The district has undertaken a review of its practices in an effort to avoid a re-occurrence of this circumstance," they said in the statement.

"The court regrets this oversight and extends condolences to the families of Mr. Nathan Leon and Mr. Tom Clements."


Leon's mother-in-law, Bernadette Alness, told KUSA that someone should "stand up and be accountable."

"I don't mean by saying 'we send condolences,'" she said. "Who is going to stand up and be accountable to my daughter? To my grandchildren?"

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