Another arrest related to Clements murder

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An alleged member of the 211 crew, that was wanted for questioning in the shooting death of the Colorado prison director Tom Clements, has been arrested.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has James Lohr in custody after he was arrested by Colorado Springs Police in the early morning hours of April 5. Lohr, 47, and another suspected member of the 211 white supremacist gang Thomas Guolee, 31, were being sought by authorities in connection to Clement's murder. Authorities believe that the two men were in contact with Evan Ebel sometime after his release from prison on Jan. 28 and before Clement's shooting. Guolee is still being sought for questioning.

Ebel shot and killed Clements at his home on March 19. He was killed in a shootout on March 21 with police in Texas after a high speed chase.

EPSO said officers with the CSPD spotted Lohr at approximately 1:30 a.m. as he was leaving a business on Platte Avenue, east of Union Boulevard. Officers attempted to pull him over, and a pursuit ensued, but Lohr took off on foot after the vehicle he was driving became disabled. Officers conducted a search of the area and found him in the 200 block of Cedar Street at approximately 3:25 a.m. He was taken into custody without incident.

Lohr faces vehicle eluding, which is a class five felony, reckless driving, speeding and failure to obey a traffic control device. He has also been arrested for three outstanding warrants. He had a warrant for failure to comply for third degree assault and harassment in El Paso County and a violation of bail/bond conditions and a failure to appear/contempt of court violation in Las Animas County. His total bond is $257,000.

The EPSO originally said that Lohr and Guolee were not suspects but just persons of interest. Guolee is considered armed and dangerous.

Early release

In other another development it was discovered that Ebel was released from prison four years early because of an error.

Ebel was serving an eight years sentence and was supposed to serve an additional four years for assaulting a prison guard, when he completed that sentence. He was convicted for the charge in 2008. During the sentencing, it was not specified that Ebel would serve the sentences consecutively, so instead, he served it concurrently because of a clerical error by the Fremont County court clerk.

Colorado's 11 Judicial District Court chief judge Charles Barton and court administrator Walter Blair apologized for the error and wrote in a statement, “Because the judge did not expressly state that the sentence was consecutive, the court judicial assistant did not include the term in the mittimus, the sentence order that went to the Department of Corrections. The court regrets this oversight and extends condolences to families of Mr. Nathan Leon and Mr. Tom Clements.”

Ebel is suspected of killing Leon, a Domino's pizza delivery driver in Golden.

Gov. John Hickenlooper announced April 4 that he has ordered the Colorado Department of Corrections to review prisoner records to ensure that offenders are serving appropriate sentences. In addition, the National Institute of Corrections will conduct a review of the department's parole operations.

"We asked the Department of Corrections to review its internal procedures and initiate an audit of the time and release records,” Hickenlooper said in a statement. “The department will prioritize the review of cases with the greatest level of risk, going back 10 years and reviewing required consecutive sentencing. The department will work with the Attorney General's office on any issues that may need further action.”