A Pierce County jury convicted three associates of Lakewood police shooter Maurice Clemmons for crimes that happened while he was on the run last year, but acquitted Clemmons’ brother, Rickey Hinton.
After three days of deliberations, the jury had a nuanced view of the charges, acquitting one defendant, Doug Davis, of rendering criminal assistance to Clemmons, but convicting him of handling a gun stolen from one of the slain officers.
Two other defendants, Clemmons’ aunt, Letrecia Nelson, 53, and his cousin, Eddie Davis, 21, were convicted of all charges.
Because the jury found special circumstances, Pierce County prosecutors may seek the maximum sentences against Nelson and the Davises.
Although Doug Davis was acquitted of one charge, Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said his office will seek the maximum sentence of 25 years in prison for handling the gun Clemmons stole from an officer.
Eddie Davis faces up to 20 years in prison and Nelson faces up to 15 years. Both Davises are convicted felons.
Hinton sat stone faced as he was acquitted and arrangements were made to let him walk free after a year in jail.
Lakewood police Chief Bret Farrar shook his head.
“The important thing is five of the seven people who helped Maurice Clemmons have been held accountable,” Lindquist said.
Jonathan Martin: 206-464-2605 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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