nmates at Limon Correctional Facility spent much of last week under lockdown.
So, it wasn't until three days after a court ruling that one of them, Tim Kennedy, learned he is free of two life sentences.
Kennedy's lawyers and sister had tried letting him know his convictions were overturned. They waited for his regular calls. But the prisonwide lockdown kept him from getting messages and phoning.
Word of his appeal victory Tuesday finally got through Friday when a fellow worker in the prison's maintenance shop heard about the order in the news.
"I almost fell over. It was total elation," Kennedy said later that morning. "This is, hands down, the best day of my life."
Kennedy, 52, has served 13 years behind bars for a double murder he says he didn't commit. The El Paso County district attorney's office used key suspects — who had never met Kennedy — as witnesses against him.
He doesn't dispute that the gun believed to have been used to kill Jennifer Carpenter and Steve Staskiewicz in 1991 likely was one he lent his two friends for self-protection. The couple was hiding out in their trailer, fearing threats on their lives as Carpenter prepared to testify against a man and woman who had raped her months earlier.
We've written that DNA testing excludes Kennedy from key pieces of evidence at the scene.
We've detailed the sorry performance of his trial lawyer, a man to whom Kennedy's late father paid his life savings.
We've reportedon how the sheriff's investigator now works in the prison system and dispatched a colleague to apparently intimidate Charles Stroud — one of Carpenter's rapists and a suspect in the murders — from testifying at Kennedy's appeal.
And we've covered how DAs withheld a letter from Stroud to Rebecca Corkins, codefendant in Jenny's rape. Both were in jail at the time of the murders and have said they wanted to silence testimony against them.