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Cop-killer Maurice Clemmons’ sister released from prison

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on July 16, 2012 at 8:27 am with 12 Comments »
July 16, 2012 8:33 am

The sister of cop-killer Maurice Clemmons was released from prison early this morning.

LaTanya Clemmons, 37, served two years of the five-year prison sentence she was handed for helping her brother’s getaway driver after four Lakewood police officers were gunned down at a coffee shop in November 2009.

She was released from the state women’s prison in Purdy.

LaTanya Clemmons qualified for early release because she was a first-time nonviolent offender, and because she behaved while locked up. She was also given credit for 301 days she spent in the Pierce County Jail while waiting for her trial and sentencing.

A jury convicted LaTanya Clemmons in June 2010 on two counts of rendering criminal assistance.

Prosecutors argued that she helped her brother’s friend, Dorcus Allen, evade police after he drove Maurice Clemmons to and from the Parkland coffee shop where Clemmons fatally shot Sgt. Mark Renninger and officers Tina Griswold, Greg Richards and Ronald Owens.

She gave Allen $50 and drove him to a motel where he hid out.

A Seattle police officer later shot and killed Maurice Clemmons after a two-county manhunt.

A state appeals court threw out LaTanya Clemmons’ conviction last month, saying there was no evidence she knew Allen was an accomplice. Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist says he’s appealing that decision.

Leave a comment Comments → 12
  1. MyBandito says:

    Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist should let it go. She doesn’t seem to be a threat to anyone. He should concentrate on prosecuting real criminals; those who are a threat to our society.

    If she had a lesson to learn, her behavior should speak to her personal motivation.

  2. MrCarleone says:

    Do the crime, and don’t have to do the time !

  3. brett987654321 says:

    It would be a waste of time and money to lock this non dangerous woman up for another 3 years. We have too many laws and are obsessed with punishment. The money we spend on it is crazy.

  4. pungentsound says:

    Aiding and abetting a pathological murder hey no big deal here.

  5. Pecksbadboy says:

    The TNT headlines seems to imply anyone related to Mr Clemmons’ is a pariah on society and should be imprisoned

  6. Inthemiddle says:

    Note, she was not convicted of helping Clemons, she was convicted of helping Allen. If the Appeals Court threw out the conviction, the evidence must have been pretty flimsy, even non existent. The part I do not get, why it took a month to turn her loose after the conviction was overturned. It is a good thing my brother and sister are not judged on my behavior!

  7. MrCarleone says:

    Hugging-The-Thugs in Washington State continues !

  8. BlaineCGarver says:

    Yes, I’m sure she’s about to go build homes for the poor and sing bass in the church choir.

  9. I think this is the correct decision. Jail cells should be reserved for people who can’t function in society. Not her. This woman was obviously caught in the wrong situation at the wrong time. Yes she made a bad judgement call but they guy was her own flesh and blood.

    Cut her some slack. You might have done the same thing in her situation.

  10. drxtreme says:

    I stood in the Freezing cold – in a Flag Line, until I could no longer stand to honor the 4 LEO’s her brother murdered, unless you put yourself out similarly, STFU, its like not voting then complaining about those in office…There is enough hate in this world without we continually revisit this. She is now and will always be a convicted felon. That in and of itself means she will never be totally free…SO LET IT BE! I am and that’s the last I will say or read about it…

  11. Movienut says:

    I would suggest that there is something seriously challenged in the way you think Comput.guy…… Simply amazing..and very sad for you.

  12. thoughtful1 says:

    She didn’t know what she was aiding and abetting? Please. To be unaware of what was going on during the time she helped the murderer out, she would have to be deaf, blind, and living under a rock. When somebody comes to her bleeding like a stuck hog, wanting money and making tracks out of town, doesn’t that raise a red flag, and make her wonder what’s going on? If the State policy is to let people who behave themselves out early, then that’s the policy. But I hope she doesn’t get a traffic ticket any time soon. Oh, hell, maybe I do hope she does. It won’t be a pretty sight.

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