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article imageMark Clemmons Should Have Been Behind Bars Sunday Special

By KJ Mullins     Nov 30, 2009 in Crime
The murder of four police officers in Parkland, Washington should not have had the chance to happen. the man accused of the ambush had been sentenced in Arkansas to 95 years. He was released after serving just 11 years and allowed to leave the state.
Mark Clemmons, the alleged gunman of the Sunday ambush of four Lakewood Police officers had been sentenced to 95 years in prison in Arkansas. The charges for aggravated robbery were later commuted by the governor of Arkansas, allowing for the violent offender to be released into society in 2004.
As the Lakewood, Washington community grieves for their fallen officers questions must be asked why the alleged trigger man was even in their midst. He should have been on parole in Arkansas.
Clemmons had been picked up four separate times since this past May in Pierce Country, Washington. The officers dealing with him had no idea Clemmons history was-warrants from Arkansas for this dangerous felon had been quashed Pierce Country Sheriff spokeswoman Sherry Badger told Digital Journal.
Badger herself had interviewed a few of those who were slain on Sunday in the past. As we talked the grief she was dealing with could not be denied.
"We're all on edge until they get this guy. We missed him at the last place this morning. He had left behind evidence at that site."
The Pierce Country Sheriff's office have served three warrants this morning, just missing the man who is accused of ambushing their fellow officers.
Clemmons was released last week on $150,000 bail from the local prison. He was in the jail on charges of child rape. The age and name of the child have not been disclosed but Badger did say that the child in question was one of Clemmon's own. Badger was not sure if the children are now in protective custody.
Between May and September of this year Clemmons had been picked up a total of four times. In May the charges were Assault 3rd on a Police Officer. It is not known if he had prior contact with the police officers that were slain.
Clemmons is considered armed and dangerous. If the public has any information on his whereabouts, call any tips to the Sheriff's Department tip line at 1-866-977-2362.
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