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Dorcus Allen sentenced today for role in deadly shooting of four Lakewood officers

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on June 17, 2011 at 8:15 am with 33 Comments »
June 17, 2011 2:54 pm

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.

Leave a comment Comments → 33
  1. Yee and Haw!

  2. well it’s not as bad as 500 years!

  3. surveyor1 says:

    Yea. Back to prison for you! The crappy thing is that had Akansas done their job thats where he would have been when this all went down. He had already murdered two people in a liquor store robbery and only spent 14 of the 25 years he was sentenced for that crime. Murder follows this guy.

  4. Wow

  5. colsprague says:

    While I think this is a just outcome, there is absolutely nothing about this horrific event that can make me happy. Four individuals who committed themselves to our protection have been murdered. Four families have had fathers, a mother, a sister, brothers, sons and a daughter stolen from them.

    So I won’t be cheering. But I will be satisfied that justice is being done and say continued prayers for the families of the Lakewood Four.

  6. TacomaScott says:

    Appeals will fly… no matter what though, this won’t get overturned. If he had made a phone call to the authorities after the fact then maybe… but since he didn’t, he’s toast. As he should be.

  7. with good behavior he can be out after only 252 years

  8. your name says:

    Ahh Helll Yea !!! Seee ya Suckka You belong there you worthless piece of **** u got what you deserve!!!!

  9. gonefishin69690 says:

    Hahahahahaha (@demeter)

  10. gonefishin69690 says:

    Thats 3,679,200 hours!!!

  11. I am with the brother. This is too good for this guy. He gets to live and breath and eat? None the less I am happy with the sentance. Have fun in the big house, I hope the guards treat you as a cop killer deserves!

  12. ferryguy says:

    Maurice Clemmons and everyone who either helped him commit this crime or elude the police are the very dirtiest, darkest scum of the earth. May every one of them rot in jail, then in hell.

  13. Kevindot1 says:

    Justice is served.

  14. Why not just say life without parole? 520 years……….just in case modern medice keeps him alive beyond 200 years? I am glad he’s going away, but seriously 520 years?



  16. Translation: A great day for the kids of the parents slain by this monster. I hope this monster suffers greatly.

  17. @JosefK

    Yikes, it’s like you’re happy they are orphans. thanks for the clarification

  18. also, aren’t they only ‘orphans’ if both parents are killed?

  19. Beowulf50 says:

    Great would be these Gheto animals heads stuck on a spire atop the Narrows Bridge.

    The mother that helped should be hung too.

  20. pungentsound says:

    Do orangutans live that long? I hope so.

  21. GaryW209 says:


  22. justin_yorbum says:

    Ok, who else is gonna light up in honor of the 420?

  23. 420

  24. blaze up

  25. What a Dorcus!

  26. Hey Dorkus, was it worth it? Now that you are put away, we will forget about you. But we will not forget the brave officers.

  27. Now all we need to worry about is were all the i,s dotted and all the t,s crossed.It appears that some of the Judges look for any excuse to retry the criminals.I didn’t read whether the sentences were to be served concurrent or consectutive and with no chance of parole.

  28. bullman120 says:

    sentence matters not, Washington state court of appeals will find something wrong and grant him a new trial, then the plea bargaining will begin.

  29. Too bad he never played for the University of Washington…

  30. With a little luck and good behavior he could be out of there in a couple hundred yrs. Like the old saying goes “It’s time to pay the fiddler”. If your going to dance to them kind of tunes you need the pay for it.

    Can I get an AMEN.

  31. Don’t feel bad Dorcus there’s allot of cute guys in there. I’m sure you’ll have no problems finding yourself an old man.

  32. apples56 says:

    Why is everyone cheering. Hes not even going to live to see 420 years in prison.

  33. Best news I have heard in a long time. I have been hearing stories of how Tina was working with troubled teens and young adults. Justis will never replace them, it just makes it a bit easier to move on.

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