Lakewood police killer's getaway driver gets 420 years

Lakewood police killer's getaway driver gets 420 years

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Dorcus Allen, the convicted getaway driver for Lakewood, Wash. police killer Maurice Clemmons, addresses the victims' families before he is sentenced to 420 years in prison, Friday, June 17, 2011.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on June 17, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 17 at 4:14 PM

TACOMA, Wash. -  The getaway driver in the coffee shop shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers, Dorcus Allen, was sentenced Friday in Tacoma to 420 years in prison.

During the sentencing the 40-year-old Arkansas native maintained his innocence. His defense attorneys vowed to immediately appeal.

A jury convicted Allen in May of being an accomplice to four counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Allen drove Maurice Clemmons to and from the Parkland coffee shop on Nov. 29, 2009, when Clemmons gunned down the four officers.

Clemmons was killed two days later in a confrontation with a Seattle police officer.

Before the sentencing began, Allen's defense attorneys argued their client should receive a new trial. They filed paperwork on May 31 arguing that prosecutorial and juror misconduct cost their client a fair trial. Prosecutors have countered in court paperwork that the trial was fair.


 

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