Lakewood cop killer's sister found guilty

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by KING5.com Staff

KING5.com

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 10 at 5:59 PM

TACOMA, Wash. – A Pierce County jury has found Latanya Clemmons guilty Thursday of helping the alleged getaway driver after her brother, Maurice, murdered four Lakewood, Wash. police officers last November.

Latanya was on trial for helping Darcus Allen elude police. The jury found her guilty on two counts of rendering criminal assistance and not guilty on two counts of the same charge.

Maurice shot and killed Sergeant Mark Renninger and Officers Tina Griswold, Ron Owens and Greg Richards in a coffee shop on Nov. 29, 2009. He was killed two days later by a Seattle police officer.

Prosecutors say Latanya did not help plan or carry out the murders. They say she paid for Allen's hiding place in a hotel and bought him a bus ticket to Arkansas after the shooting.

Latanya's attorney says that when she was helping Allen, she didn't know he was wanted by police.

The split verdict was a victory for one of the victim’s relatives.

“She’s going to serve prison time and I’m happy about that,” said Beth DeLong, Griswold's sister-in-law.

Prosecutors say they will ask the judge for the maximum of 10 years in prison for Latanya when she is sentenced next Thursday. She could have faced up to 20 if convicted on all four counts.

Six other people, including Allen, are charged in connection with the murders. Allen faces four counts of aggravated first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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