Latanya Clemmons, who was convicted of rendering criminal assistance after her brother Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in 2009, is being released early after serving some of her time in a work release facility.
Maurice Clemmons shot and killed Lakewood Police Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Ron Owens and Greg Richards in a Pierce County coffee shop on Nov. 29, 2009. He was killed two days later by a Seattle police officer.
His sister, Latanya, was sentenced to five years in prison for helping Dorcus Allens, the man accused of being the getaway driver in the shootings. According to the Department of Corrections, she will be released on July 16, 2012, after serving half of five year sentence.
The Department of Corrections said the release date is not "early" and is in accordance with the law. According to spokesperson Selena Davis, under a law which has since been reversed, Clemmons qualified to receive 50 percent off her sentence and received credit for time served.
Upon hearing the news of Latanya Clemmons' early release, the Lakewood Police Department said they were "disappointed" in the decision and released the following statement.
"We (LPD) have just been made aware that LaTanya Clemmons is being released early and has been serving some of her time in a work release facility. We are disappointed that LaTanya Clemmons is not being required to serve out the full term of her five year sentence for her involvement in the case involving the murder of our four officers."
Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist also expressed similar sentiments, calling the decision "absurd."
"We (Pierce County prosecutors) aggressively prosecuted all accomplices of Maurice Clemmons. Pierce County prosecutors sought the maximum sentence for Latanya Clemmons and got that in the five year sentencing. Unfortunately, her release highlights a shortcoming in the laws and illustrates that there is no truth in sentencing in Washington. Time is a tool that should be used to regulate prison behavior; 50 percent off is absurd."
KING 5's Liza Javier contributed to this report.