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May 17, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Sister of Lakewood police killer to be released early from prison

LaTanya Clemmons in court two years ago (AP Photo/The News Tribune, Janet Jensen)

LaTanya Clemmons, sister of the man who killed four Lakewood police officers, was transferred from prison to a Seattle Capitol Hill work-release facility in preparation for her release from prison, despite spending less than two years of  her five-year sentence.

Although she was sentenced to five years in June 2010 Clemmons is eligible for release on July 12 because, under a state law that has since been reversed, she got a 50 percent reduction in her sentence, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Selena Davis said in an email. She also got credit for spending six months in jail before her trial.

Clemmons was convicted for aiding Maurice Clemmons‘ getaway driver after the assassination of the four officers at a Lakewood coffee shop. She had no criminal record, but she received an extraordinarily long sentence because her assistance to the getaway driver, Darcus Allen, hindered the massive manhunt and prolonged the region’s anxiety.

In a statement, Lakewood police Lt. Chris Lawler wrote:

We (LPD) have just been made aware that LaTanya Clemmons is being released early and has been serving some of her time in a work release facility.  We are disappointed that LaTanya Clemmons is not being required to serve out the full term of her five year sentence for her involvement in the case involving the murder of our four officers.

“Unfortunately here in WA we don’t have truth in sentencing,” tweeted Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist.

 

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