21-year old woman allegedly murdered by Colorado inmate who was released from prison because of Governor’s concerns over COVID-19.

May 15, 2020

A convicted felon in the State of Colorado who was set free after Democrat Governor Jared Polis’s executive order, has been arrested for the alleged murder of 21-year old Heather Perry.

Her body was found in an alleyway in Denver Colorado.

Cornelius Haney, who was serving a seven-year prison sentence for armed robbery in Arapahoe County, Colorado, is now facing first-degree murder charges.

The murder took place less than a month after Haney’s release into the general public on April 15, thanks to Governor Jared Polis’s concerns that the coronavirus may spread inside of detention facilities.  

In a statement to CBS Denver, the Colorado Department of Corrections said Haney was set free because his case met “special needs parole criteria.”

Governor Polis acknowledged Friday that the alleged murderer was released under his executive order but argued that, “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,” the governor said.

Polis also argued that the parole board could not have foreseen Haney’s alleged crime and that “they couldn’t have held them much longer under the law.”

Polis said that the parole board are “doing their best” to keep the public safe and assured that “Nobody should be released simply because of COVID-19, of course.”