The case of the white supremacist suspected of killing the head of Colorado's prison system and a pizza man just got weirder. Apparently, a clerical error enabled the alleged killer to leave jail four years early. The murders took place two months later. These kinds of things — that is, clerical errors — probably happen all the time across America due to bored pencil pushers and disorganized bureaucracies. But when it's the prison system, dangerous consequences seem inevitable. A body count seems avoidable.
The suspect, Evan Spencer Ebel, was a pretty bad guy. Nicknamed "Evil Ebel" in jail, the 28-year-old, racked up 28 different violations while in a Colorado prison, where he spent most of his time in solitary confinement. He pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard in 2008 and as part of a plea deal was sentenced to an additional four years which would've left him behind bars until 2017. Instead, he was mistaken released in January. The judge failed to say "consecutive," so the court reporter had written "concurrently" meaning Ebel would serve no additional time. And so on January 28, prison officials released Ebel. Bad idea.
In late March, Ebel allegedly killed a Dominos pizza driver so that he could get his uniform and a pizza bag that would help him gain entry to the home Tom Clements, executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections. The trick worked as Clements was later found dead in his home. Ebel apparently then drove to Texas, where he shot a cop and died when a truck delivering rocks broad-sided him while he was engaged in a high-speed shootout with police. In his black Cadillac, police found a Domino's pizza bag, bomb supplies, surveillance equipment, handwritten directions to Clements' home and bloody clothing.