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December 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Justices undo sentences in Lakewood cop killings

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Maurice Clemmons

The Associated Press and Seattle Times staff

OLYMPIA — Washington’s Supreme Court has reversed the gun convictions and the exceptional sentences issued to two people who helped Maurice Clemmons after he gunned down four police officers in a Lakewood coffee shop in 2009.

Clemmons’ aunt, Letrecia Nelson, and friend Eddie Lee Davis were convicted of rendering criminal assistance for helping Clemmons evade capture, as well as possession of a stolen firearm. Davis was sentenced to 10 years and five months; Nelson got six years and two months.

Eight of nine justices agreed Wednesday that it was inappropriate for the trial court to impose exceptional sentences related to the convictions for rendering criminal assistanceA smaller majority — five justices — also said the pair were wrongly convicted of possessing a gun Clemmons took from one of the officers.

The court remanded the case for further proceedings in Pierce County Superior Court.

It was not immediately clear how the sentences will be affected, and whether Pierce County prosecutors will drop the gun charges.

The justices said that although Clemmons brought the gun in Nelson’s home, there wasn’t sufficient evidence that either Davis or Nelson had control over it.

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