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10:24 pm - 11/29/2009
Maurice Clemmons, the 37-year-old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing of four Lakewood police officers this morning, has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.

Nine years ago, then-Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee granted clemency to Clemmons, commuting his lengthy prison sentence over the protests of prosecutors.


Clemmons' criminal history includes at least five felony convictions in Arkansas and at least eight felony charges in Washington. The record also stands out for the number of times he has been released from custody despite questions about the danger he posed.

Clemmons had been in jail in Pierce County for the past several months on a pending charge of second-degree rape of a child.

He was released from custody just six days ago, even though he was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Arkansas and was staring at eight felony charges in all out of Washington state.

Clemmons posted $15,000 with a Chehalis company called Jail Sucks Bail Bonds. The bondsman, in turn, put up $150,000, securing Clemmons' release on the pending child-rape charge.


He was married, but the relationship was tumultuous, with accounts of his unpredictable behavior leading to at least two confrontations with police earlier this year.

During the confrontation in May, Clemmons punched a sheriff's deputy in the face, according to court records. As part of that incident, he was charged with seven counts of assault and malicious mischief.

In another instance, Clemmons was accused of gathering his wife and young relatives around at 3 or 4 in the morning and having them all undress. He told them that families need to "be naked for at least 5 minutes on Sunday," a Pierce County sheriff's report says.

"The whole time Clemmons kept saying things like trust him, the world is going to end soon, and that he was Jesus," the report says.


As part of the child-rape investigation, the sheriff's office interviewed Clemmons' sister in May. She told them that "Maurice is not in his right mind and did not know how he could react when contacted by Law Enforcement," a sheriff's report says.

"She stated that he was saying that the secret service was coming to get him because he had written a letter to the President. She stated his behavior has become unpredictable and erratic. She suspects he is having a mental breakdown," the report says.

Deputies also interviewed other family members. They reported that Clemmons had been saying he could fly and that he expected President Obama to visit to "confirm that he is Messiah in the flesh."


In 1990, Clemmons, then 18, was sentenced in Arkansas to 60 years in prison for burglary and theft of property, according to a news account. Newspaper stories describe a series of disturbing incidents involving Clemmons while he was being tried in Arkansas on various charges.


Another time, Clemmons hid a hinge in his sock, and was accused of intending to use it as a weapon. Yet another time, Clemmons took a lock from a holding cell, and threw it toward the bailiff. He missed and instead hit Clemmons' mother, who had come to bring him street clothes, according to records and published reports.

On another occasion, Clemmons had reached for a guard's pistol during transport to the courtroom.

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.

Clemmons served 11 years before being released.

News accounts say Huckabee then commuted Clemmons' sentence, citing Clemmons' young age at the time the crimes were committed.

But Clemmons remained on parole — and soon after landed in trouble again. In March 2001, he was accused of violating his parole by committing aggravated robbery and theft, according to a story in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazzette.

He was returned to prison on a parole violation. But in what appears to have been a mistake, Clemmons was not actually served with the arrest warrants until leaving prison three years later. As a result, Clemmons' attorney argued that the charges should be dismissed because too much time had passed. Prosecutors dropped the charges.

It appears that Clemmons remained in trouble with Arkansas authorities even after moving away. This year, while Clemmons was living in Washington, a warrant was issued for his arrest, accusing him of being a fugitive from Arkansas.

c_yo_yus 30th-Nov-2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Great job, Huckabee.
devour_theflesh 30th-Nov-2009 03:32 am (UTC)
"In another instance, Clemmons was accused of gathering his wife and young relatives around at 3 or 4 in the morning and having them all undress. He told them that families need to 'be naked for at least 5 minutes on Sunday,' a Pierce County sheriff's report says.

'The whole time Clemmons kept saying things like trust him, the world is going to end soon, and that he was Jesus,' the report says."

And yet, so many smart, interesting, good-looking people can't even get a date! What is going on with the world, when people like this can get married.
akuma_river 30th-Nov-2009 03:33 am (UTC)

2012 for Huckabee is going to be quite quiet unlike how he planned it.
mylaptopisevil 30th-Nov-2009 03:38 am (UTC)
This might shock you but the article on FOXnews.com doesn't mention Huckabee.
hey_its_michael 30th-Nov-2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Gee, I wonder if people are still going to be f'ing stupid and claim that these cops somehow deserved what happened to them?

Edited at 2009-11-30 03:54 am (UTC)
ms_maree 30th-Nov-2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Ha. That's the first thing that came to my mind as well - ' Gee whiz, you mean these cops didn't ask for it, who would have thought!' Thanks ontd_political!
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antiotter 30th-Nov-2009 04:56 am (UTC)
Plus, using the Arkansas State Police to cover up his son's penchant for torturing and mutilating animals.
spidergwen 30th-Nov-2009 04:13 am (UTC)

zestylime 30th-Nov-2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
Audrey gif + gaga icon = win
carminaburana 30th-Nov-2009 04:14 am (UTC)
OK, moving the guy from prison into a psyciatric ward, i'd understand and can get behind and say "good one, Huck". But releasing him on parole?
popehippo 30th-Nov-2009 04:57 am (UTC)
I don't give a fuck what you think about cops.

These were people, quite real ones, with real lives, with real families, with real friends, doing absolutely nothing in a public place.

Whether or not they were good or bad cops, they did not deserve to die this way. It's a tragedy.
baked_goldfish 30th-Nov-2009 06:03 am (UTC)
wtaf at this entire post.
mercystars 30th-Nov-2009 07:38 am (UTC)
Oh come on, this'll be seen as some sort of "recent demon possession" and Fuckabee will be off the hook for ever thinking this sack of pigshit had a soul to begin with.

And fifty bucks says FAUX News fails to mention Fuckabee AT ALL.
akuma_river 30th-Nov-2009 08:05 am (UTC)
Fifty bucks is yours.

Fox news is already not talking about Huckabee.
cindel 30th-Nov-2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I understand that the Blue Wall will want justice but I do hope they won't hurt him when they find him.
zestylime 30th-Nov-2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
yeah right this guy doesn't want to go to jail again. Suicide by cop.

/watches too much Criminal Minds
antiotter 30th-Nov-2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Just in case Huckabee tries to shift blame on the parole board, here's the executive clemency order signed by one Governor Michael Huckabee:

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