The first-degree murder conviction of Darcus D. Allen
, the former Arkansas inmate who in 2009 drove Maurice Clemmons
to a Seattle coffee shop where Clemons shot and killed four police officers, has been affirmed by a Washington Appeals Court
. Allen was sentenced to 420 years in prison for his role in the murders. Clemons was shot dead by police officers after a two-day search in Seattle.
Clemons was among a number of Arkansas prisoners — including the infamous Wayne Dumond
— pardoned or whose sentences were commuted by Gov. Mike Huckabee
. Clemons' had served 10 years of a 95-year prison sentence on multiple charges of theft, burglary and parole violations in Arkansas when Huckabee commuted his sentence and made him eligible for parole in 2000. Clemons violated parole in 2001 and was sentenced to 10 years; he was paroled again in 2004. At the time of the shootings, he was wanted in Pulaski County
on robbery and parole violation charges.
After the Seattle shootings, incident, Huckabee released a statement saying, "Should [Clemmons] be found to be responsible for this horrible tragedy, it will be the result of a series of failures in the criminal justice system in both Arkansas and Washington State."
Allen, too, had been convicted of murder in Arkansas, where he hooked up with Clemmons. He was sentenced to two 25 years terms, to be served concurrently, in the murders of two people at a Little Rock liquor store in 1991, and was paroled in 2005, though not at the behest of Huckabee.