Convict Freed To 'Protect Him' From Virus, Murder Innocent Young Mother

Holly Matkin

Colorado Governor Jared Polis confirmed that his executive order resulted in Cornelius Haney's early prison release.

Denver, CO – A prison inmate who was granted an early release in order to protect him from COVID-19 has been arrested for the murder of a 21-year-old woman.

Cornelius Haney, 40, was serving a seven-year sentence stemming from an armed robbery charge when he was kicked loose on April 15, WJAX reported.

“Mr. Haney was released due to special needs parole criteria,” Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) spokesperson Annie Skinner said in a statement. “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.”

On May 9, police discovered the body of 21-year-old Heather Perry in an alley in the 1400-block of North Verbena, KMGH reported.

Perry, a mother of two, had been fatally shot.

Investigators were able to identify Haney as a suspect using surveillance footage that traced him back to the scene, WJAX reported.

The convicted felon was located in a motel bathroom two days after Perry was killed.

Police said he had two baggies of suspected cocaine hidden in the toilet, WJAX reported.

Haney had been out of prison for just three weeks before Perry’s murder.

He has also been convicted of additional offenses including kidnapping theft, attempted escape and drug charges in the past, and had served a different five-year prison sentence for felony assault, KUSA reported.

Haney now faces new charges of possession of a gun by a previous offender, second-degree kidnapping, drug possession, theft, second-degree murder, and felony murder, according to the Canon City Daily Record.

On Friday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis confirmed that Haney had been released under his executive order, but argued that he would have gotten out of prison by late summer anyway, KCNC reported.

“He would have had mandatory parole granted in August of this year,” Polis said. “He has been up for parole since 2017.”

But Haney was denied parole previously.

“You get passed over for parole because you’re not complying,” Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler told the Canon City Daily Record. “If the Department of Corrections had not cut this guy loose, he would not have murdered this woman. That’s just the fact.”

Polis did not speculate about why the parole board denied Haney’s release for three years.

“In making those decisions, [the parole board is] 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,” Polis told KCNC. “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.”

Comments (41)
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RunCop
RunCop

Special needs parole.....what......the.....fuck?

Anomie88
Anomie88

Polis is deflecting the blame. The point is, if he hadn't signed an order allowing for Haney's release (among other prisoners who were also released) he wouldn't have had the opportunity to commit more crimes, and ultimately murder this woman. You sir, are to blame for giving him the opportunity, right then and there, to murder. If the Governor was more concerned about the people in his state who are law-abiding citizens instead of worrying about some convicted felon's exposure to a virus, the person would still be alive today. Everyone in his state can be exposed to the virus. What makes the prisoners any more entitled than others? Nothing explains it except for pandering.

rutnbuck
rutnbuck

Inject him with covid and put him in isolation

star692
star692

How would that chowderhead governor felt if it had been his 21 year old daughter? Keep violent offenders behind bars and stop worrying about them getting the virus.

flybynight
flybynight

Well at least that immigrant didn't pick up the virus. 🙄

stump
stump

Here is how it needs to go. Who ever okay's the release takes responsibility of that persons reactions when out. in this case, he killed someone. the person that okayed the release will be charged with accessory to murder and be tried. could get 10-20 years in prison. how you like me now???

GForce48
GForce48

Should have kept him in prison isolation and provided him with a mask! End of story!

Tpr365
Tpr365

Polis should resign or be recalled. Colorado DOC medical staff making the recommendation should be fired.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

The virus is still going around, so they should probably just release him again.....

LEO0301
LEO0301

Sounds like the governor is trying to justify releasing a dangerous felon in order to ease his conscience. If he had only confided in me before making that decision I could have told him not to trust a usual suspect.

Montana Hick
Montana Hick

So, will her death certificate list her cause of death as "COVID-19"?

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Another black guy? WTF is going on?

Capjak
Capjak

If found guilty for murder he should be put in front of a firing squad. Maybe if capital punishment was around it would deter people, and if it doesn’t at least we keep horrible people from committing the same crimes over and over

Lochemet
Lochemet

Why release these criminals from prison at all? It would be just as effective to give them masks (and let them take responsibility for themselves) and release them to the yard outside for most of the day. At least they wouldn't be released from prison to kill people and commit other offenses which is why they were incarcerated in the first place.

XIHP308
XIHP308

Another blue state screw up. To hell with legal citizens let the criminals go free to hell with the consequences.

Olehippie
Olehippie

Being the openly gay Democrat governor that he is. I was shocked he didn't just blame it on Trump.

OldODonnell
OldODonnell

This governor should be criminally charged as an accessory to murder. Maybe if politicians are held accountable for their actions, they will use common sense before doing stupid things like releasing violent criminals.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Hang the SOB

FSchloss
FSchloss

That jerk off governor should be tarred and feathered and then made to serve the rest of the animal's time. This, of course, is at a minimum.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Everyone with a brain knew that nothing good would come of this rediculous early parole policy.

DR226
DR226

This guy had a documented history of violence and parole board freed him anyway. SMH The governor says he would've been released in August anyway, hey gov. if so this poor mother of two would still be alive.

Dustydog
Dustydog

Way to go, Gov. Your defense is that he would have been paroled in August anyway? That has got to be one of the lamest excuses. Hopefully, the voters will remember your actions when you are up for reelection. You, and the other Governors, need to think before you make PC decisions.

Hdsbomber
Hdsbomber

Outstanding job Governor dumbfuck!!! I can only hope these children and this woman’s husband sue and take last penny from this TRULY worthless P....O....S.... dipshit asshat Governor!!! With all do respect, of course!

TruBlueRetired
TruBlueRetired

Governor going to burn in Hell.

natoj
natoj

When I we going to force changes. Today it's all about protecting the perps and the hell with the innocent public. This entire country needs a major revamping of this so called justice system. For who so the judges can put a dangerous criminal back on the streets and we can protect them from Covid. Who the hell cares if they get sick, for all the damage they have done .

Kay B
Kay B

I have a Preshious school friend that I've known all my life in Prison for 30 years on a trumped up charge and they let scum like this out to keep them from getting the Coronavirus to murder again? What's wrong with this picture folks?
FATHER GOD PLEASE HELP US!😢

lolamae
lolamae

It's not about the virus, it is about money, the release saves the prison system thousands of dollars.

Pack
Pack

“Law Abiding Citizen”....a great movie......just saying.

E7MR
E7MR

I'm wondering when we will begin to recognize the trend

Nikita72
Nikita72

Should have let covid take him out!

YouremyboyBlue
YouremyboyBlue

We are always doing more for the felons than we do for the innocent.


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