Sentencing Mistakes Leads to Father’s Return to Prison

Released and free to be home with his family, an Omaha man thought he served his debt to society.

However he was taken back to prison but not for a new crime. A month after the state admitted to a big mistake, the family Miguel Madera is hoping for change.

Miguel Madera was sentenced in 2009 to serve six to 10 years on cocaine charges. This past February -- with good time law time added -- he was released from prison in Lincoln. "I asked him what do you want to do, we will do anything you want today and he said let's go fill up your car, I want to pump gas. I didn't understand like why gas you know, he said well I haven't pumped gas in like six years,” Fabiola Madera, Miguel’s daughter said.

Miguel was on his to restarting his life through construction, even getting his own business off the ground while bringing his daughter's boyfriend Danny alongside. "Everyday after work I'd call him and say where are you at, oh I'm over here, come over here and we are going to work,” Danny Lopez said.

But then, June 30th, the state picked him up and took him back to jail at a job site. “A million things were going through my head I was yelling and asking questions, what do you mean they have him, what do you think they did, or what did he do? All he said, the only thing they are telling me is that made a mistake in his release and they had to come pick him up,” Fabiola said.

What makes matters worse for the family they tell WOWT 6 News was not only their father taken from them but they thought he was going to placed in the Omaha Community Corrections Center work release program instead, taken half way across the state to McCook.

"My heart is broken, I don't know how else to describe it because he was doing everything right,” Fabiola said.

Miguel's records show a new projected release date of August 2016. He's set to appear before the parole board next month.


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