Notorious Hitman Released from Prison After 22 Years (Details)
One of Pablo Escobar prominent hitman, John Jairo Velasquez aka Popeye, was released from Columbia prison Tuesday night after spending 22 years in a maximum prison. CNN reports he had to exported out of the facility under heavy protection.
The 52-year-old Velasquez, also known as “Popeye,” was released Tuesday night from a maximum-security prison in the Colombian province of Boyaca, northeast of Bogota, the capital. He left the prison under heavy police protection.
Velasquez surrendered to authorities in 1992, telling a reporter at the time, “I don’t owe anything to anybody. I haven’t done anything wrong.”
But in jailhouse interviews, he admitted several times to killing about 300 people, including soldiers, police officers, rival cartel members and civilians. He also confessed to masterminding the killings of more than 3,000 other people, most of them civilians.
Velasquez spent 22 years in prison, three-quarters of his sentence for the murder of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galan in 1989, the only murder for which he was convicted.
The victim’s family has forgiven him.
“He was sentenced for my father’s murder,” said Juan Manuel Galan, the victim’s son and a liberal senator. “He gave us the truth and asked for forgiveness. In my case, I forgive him.”
He admitted to killing over 300 people during the 1980s drug wars. How do you guys feel about this release? Leave us your thoughts at the bottom.