A Pierce County Superior Court judge sentenced Dorcus Allen to 420 years in prison this afternoon for his role in the 2009 slayings of four Lakewood police officers.
Judge Frederick Fleming sentenced Allen to 100 years in prison for each of the slain officers and 20 years for the gun enhancements on each of the first-degree murder convictions.
During the hearing, Allen maintained his innocence of the charges against him. His defense attorneys have vowed to immediately appeal Allen’s convictions.
A jury found Allen guilty last month of being an accomplice to four counts of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors had argued that he drove Maurice Clemmons to and from the Parkland Forza Coffee shop where Clemmons gunned down Lakewood police Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Ronald Owens and Gregory Richards on the morning of Nov. 29, 2009.
Clemmons was later killed during a confrontation with a Seattle police officer on a residential street.
Before the sentencing portion of the hearing began, Allen’s defense attorneys argued their client should recieve a new trial. Attorneys Mary K. High and Peter Mazzone filed paperwork May 31 arguing that prosecutorial and juror misconduct cost their client a fair trial the first time around. Prosecutors have countered in court paperwork that the trial was fair.
During the sentencing, Griswold’s brother told the court he wanted Allen hanged for his role in the slaying of her and her colleagues.