Cop-killer Maurice Clemmons’ sister will get out of prison in July after serving two years of the five-year prison sentence she received for helping her brother’s getaway driver following the massacre of four Lakewood police officers in November 2009.
The Lakewood Police Department issued a statement today saying it is “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.”
Selena Davis, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Corrections, said Clemmons, as a nonviolent offender, qualified for a 50-percent reduction in her sentence after behaving well in prison.
Further, Clemmons received credit for 301 days she spent in the Pierce County Jail awaiting trial and sentencing, Davis said.
The state Legislature recently reversed the law authorizing the 50-percent reduction but not until after Clemmons was sentenced, Davis said. The repeal was not made retroactive.
“Her release date is not ‘early,’ it is in accordance to law,” she said.
A Pierce County jury in June 2010 convicted LaTanya Clemmons of two counts of rendering criminal assistance.
Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend a week later gave her an exceptional sentence of five years in prison.
Prosecutors convinced jurors LaTanya Clemmons helped her brother’s friend, Dorcus Allen, evade police after he gave Maurice Clemmons a ride to and from a Parkland coffee shop where Clemmons gunned down Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.
Maurice Clemmons later was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer following an intense two-county manhunt.
Renninger’s widow, Kim Renninger, told KIRO-TV on Thursday she’s learned that LaTanya Clemmons was moved to Ratcliff House, a work-release center in Seattle, six weeks ago. That means Latanya Clemmons can leave the facility during the day to go to her job and return at night.
“And she’s out walking the streets, pretty much free,” said Renninger, who told the station she’s “angry at the system” because Clemmons is not serving the full five years.
A Pierce County jury in May 2011 convicted Allen of being an accomplice to four counts of first-degree murder for helping Maurice Clemmons, and he is serving a 420-year prison sentence.
Four other people also were convicted and sentenced to prison for helping Maurice Clemmons in the wake of the massacre.
The News Tribune could not determine late Thursday what their prison release dates would be.