November 30th, 2009
05:11 PM ET

Documents: Maurice Clemmons' 2000 appeal for Arkansas clemency

(Documents courtesy of Seattle Times and the Arkansas Parole Board)


Police are still looking for the perpetrator in the deaths of four uniformed police officers who were shot Sunday in a coffee shop prior to going out on patrol.

A manhunt was under way Monday for a suspect in the shooting deaths of four police officers after he apparently eluded authorities in an east Seattle neighborhood.

Following a standoff that stretched to nearly 12 hours, Maurice Clemmons was not found in the home in the Leschi neighborhood, Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel told reporters. There is evidence that Clemmons was outside the home Sunday night, but apparently fled the area, he said.

Clemmons was given a 95-year prison sentence in Arkansas in 1989 for a host of charges, including robberies, burglaries, thefts and bringing a gun to school. His sentence was commuted in 2000 by then-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

The Seattle Times has obtained documents released by the Arkansas Parole board including the application Clemmons originally filed for clemency. Clemmons wrote at the time:

Please keep in mind that before this crime spree I had at no time in my life ever been into any kind of problems with the law. I come from a very good Christian family and I was raised much better than my actions speak. (I'm still ashamed to this day for the shame my stupid involvement in these crimes brought upon my family's name.)
But, as mentioned I was only (16) sixteen years old and had just moved into a very crime ridden neighborhood. Where I was unable to resist the negative influence of the other neighborhood boys because I only wanted to fit in and be accepted because I'd just moved away from all my childhood friends and had no friends in Arkansas.

Clemons also added:

Where once stood a young (16) sixteen year old misguided fool, who's own life he was unable to rule. Now stands at 27 year old man, who has learned through the 'school of hard knocks's to appreciate and respect the rights of others. And who had in the midst of the harsh reality of prison life developed the necessary skills to stand along and not to follow a multitude to do evil, as I did as a 16 year old child.

Read Maurice Clemmons parole information and appeal for clemency...

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. none

    Did this man do this no one will answer the question ?

    December 1, 2009 at 9:00 am |
  2. bobby

    This judge is full of more stuffing than my thanksgiving turkey was. What a joke to serve our country as a judge.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  3. Siobhan maughan

    That judge should be absolutely disgusted with himself. How dare he come on tv and talk about his beliefs in Jesus Christ! 4 innocent people dead because he believes in mercy for a thief and murderer. He has let his country didn't.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:20 am |
  4. cosimo

    The man boasted that he was going to kill some cops the next day and the witnesses said nothing. I hope they're prosecuted.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:15 am |
  5. Sara

    Oh dear.
    Mike Huckabee.
    JUST HAVE to hear what he has to say about this, haha.

    December 1, 2009 at 1:04 am |
  6. Tim Gibson

    Lip service wins over honesty even within our legal system of justice and protection from the criminal element in our society. Blinders continue to dominate our landscape.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  7. Michael from Richmond, VA

    There goes Mike Huckabee's run for President 2012...

    November 30, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  8. Curtis

    What a tragic disaster, all of our hearts and prayers are with the families and friends. On Sunday, Huckabee issued this statement on his Web site regarding the suspected shooter: "Should he 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." Huckabee commuted the sentence of the Seattle suspect maybe he is the failure in the system, what hypocrisy, no matter what was advised up to the point of the decision to grant clemency, it was the say so of Huckabee, that statement does not disconnect him from what has happened.

    November 30, 2009 at 3:17 pm |