Who is Maurice Clemmons? Criminal History of Cop Killer
Maurice Clemmons, 37, has a long criminal history which include at least 13 felony convictions, including aggravated robbery and theft, third-degree assault, and second-degree rape of a child. Clemmons is now being pursued for the killing of 4 police officers in Lakewood, Washington. Police surrounded Clemmons' home in Seattle on Monday morning but did not find him.
Maurice Clemmons was released from jail last week although he was facing 8 felony charges. Clemmons was paroled in 2000 after the then Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee commuted his 95-years prison term.
In 1989, Maurice Clemmons was convicted in Little Rock for aggravated robbery at the age of 17, and was sentenced to 60 years in prison. He was already serving 48 years and faced up to 95 more years.
When Clemmons received the 60-year sentence, he was already serving 48 years on five felony convictions and facing up to 95 more years on charges of robbery, theft of property and possessing a handgun on school property. Records from Clemmons' sentencing described him as 5-foot-7 and 108 pounds. The crimes were committed when he was 17.
Maurice Clemmons only served 11 years before his release.
Mike Huckabee commuted Clemmons' sentence citing his young age when he committed the crimes. However, Clemmons was back to jail the next year after he violated his parole by committing aggravated robbery and theft.
After his release in 2004, Clemmons moved to Washington. According to a police interview with his wife earlier this year, Clemmons ran a landscaping and power-washing business in Tacoma.
Clemmons had been in jail for several months for a pending child rape charge until last week, even though he still had 7 additional felony charges in Washington state.