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      Error led to early release of Colorado slaying suspect

      Former Missouri Director of Adult Institutions for the Missouri Department of Corrections, Tom Clements, was shot and killed at his home, and authorities say the gunman is on the loose.

      A clerical error allowed the man suspected of killing Colorado's prisons chief to be released from custody about four years early.

      Court administrators acknowledged the error in a statement Monday. They said that in 2008, Evan Spencer Ebel pleaded guilty to assaulting a prison guard. He was supposed to spend four additional years in prison.

      A court clerk failed to note that the sentence was supposed to be served after the one Ebel was already serving. As a result, prison records showed it should run at the same time as the 8-year assault sentence Ebel was already serving. He was released Jan. 28.

      Ebel was killed in a shootout in Texas on March 21. He used the same gun that was used to kill prisons chief Tom Clements days earlier.