The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A Colombian judge ordered parole for a killer of the former drug lord Pablo Escobar, John Jairo Vásquez Velásquez aka “Popeye”, who was imprisoned for 22 years.

The decision was made by Judge Yesid Rodriguez, and Popeye will regain his freedom next week after serving three-fifths of the sentence for his multiple crimes.

Velasquez, who is imprisoned in the maximum security prison Cómbita in the central department of Boyacá, which is the capital Tunja, also has a requirement that you must pay a deposit of nine million pesos (about $4,700) to be set free, according to the El Tiempo website.

In the 80s and 90s, Popeye was one of the most feared assassins of the drug cartel, who confessed in interviews he gave from prison that he murdered at least 300 people directly and as leader of Escobar’s thugs he coordinated about 3,000 more murders.

In addition to being responsible for at least 200 car bombs, it was also Popeye who in January 1988 kidnapped Andrés Pastrana Arango, the candidate for mayor of Bogota and killed in the same year attorney Carlos Mauro Hoyos.

Probation means that Popeye must report regularly to the authorities for 52 months in order to keep track of his behavior while free.

In prison, Velasquez studied and obtained 14 diplomas, including one that accredits him as environmental boiler certified by the National Learning Service (SENA) trade school.

Due to these activities and other positive work, Popeye managed to reduce his sentence as stipulated by Colombian law.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica