Here is how the Seattle Times put it: “The 37 year old Tacoma man being sought for questioning in the killing this morning of four Lakewood police officers has a long criminal record punctuated by violence, erratic behavior and concerns about his mental health.”
There is a troubling portrait emerging of Maurice Clemons, the chief suspect right now in the slaying of the 4 officers in Washington state yesterday.
When Clemens was 18 years old and living in Arkansas, he was sentenced to 60 years for burglary. Prior to this sentence, as a teenager, he had racked up a number of convictions. Clemens would serve about 11 years in jail. That’s when then governor Mike Huckabee commuted his sentence reportedly citing how young Clemens was when he committed the crime.
Last night Huckabee released a statement clarifying that the parole board had reviewed and approved the clemency and if it turns out Clemens was behind this deadly shooting, "it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal-justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State."
Clemens was paroled but soon wound up back in trouble.
He then moved to Washington State. After a respite, he once again found himself in and out of jail. Recently, he served a couple months in prison after being charged with second-degree rape of a child. 6 days ago he was released on bond.
Adding to the mix is the question of his mental health. Again, according to the Seattle Times, when officials were investigating the child rape charge, relatives of Clemens said he was not “in his right mind.”