Maurice Clemmons Fact Sheet 2009
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Maurice Clemmons Offender Information Name: Maurice Clemmons DOC Number: 866697 Date of Birth: 02/06/1972 Current Age: 37 Date of Sentence: June 7, 1989 Location of Crime: Arkansas Sentence: Aggravated Robbery, Theft of Property Arkansas Prison History: Entered Prison: November 16, 1989 Released: August 1, 2000 Returned: July 13, 2001 Released: March 18, 2004 May 3, 2000: Arkansas Governor Huckabee reduced Clemmons’ 108 year sentence to 47 years which made Clemmons eligible for parole immediately. July 13, 2000: Clemmons went before the parole board which grants his parole. August 1, 2000: Clemmons is released from prison to parole. July 13, 2001: He committed a technical violation of his parole and had new pending charges for robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years to be served concurrently. March 18, 2004: The parole board released Clemmons only to Washington State because he had family here. March 29, 2004: Clemmons was transferred to Washington for supervision under the Interstate Compact agreement. The Interstate Compact Agreement process includes an investigation of the offender, his criminal history, potential residence, and other factors that may impact our decision to accept him from Arkansas. Tuesday, December 01, 2009 -1- Washington Supervision History: Clemmons’ risk level classification is High Non-Violent which means he was assessed as having a higher risk for re-offense of a non-violent drug or property crime. Until May 2009, his supervision was relatively uneventful. Clemmons was not on Electronic Home Monitoring through the Department of Corrections. May 9, 2009: Clemmons was arrested by Pierce County Sheriff’s office for causing a disruption, throwing rocks and breaking windows in his neighborhood. During the arrest Clemmons fought with the responding police officers. He was charged with the following: Malicious Mischief – five counts Assault in the 3rd degree – two counts Final disposition of these charges is pending. May 10, 2009: He was released from jail on bond and did not report to DOC. He was considered to have absconded. May 20, 2009: Washington sent Clemmons’ violation report to Arkansas. May 28, 2009: Arkansas issued a nation-wide warrant for his arrest. June 1, 2009: Because Clemmons absconded and Arkansas issued its warrant, pursuant to the Interstate Compact Agreement Washington closed his supervision, consistent with Interstate Compact rules. July 1, 2009: Clemmons was arrested on the Arkansas fugitive warrant in Pierce County for Child Rape 2nd degree with his 12-year-old step-daughter and one of her friends. The arrest also included charges of Failure to Appear related to the May charges of Assault 3, Malicious Mischief. Final disposition of these charges are also pending. July 16, 2009: Arkansas rescinded its warrant and asked that Washington reopen supervision for Clemmons. (Attachment #1) July 16-23, 2009: Washington Interstate Compact office maintains ongoing phone communication with Arkansas to get its warrant reissued. July 23, 2009: Washington Interstate Compact office sends e-mail to Arkansas expressing concern that the warrant was rescinded and that their decision to Tuesday, December 01, 2009 -2- rescind the warrant may be a violation of the Interstate Compact rules. (Attachment #2) July 24, 2009: Clemmons was released from jail on bond. July 31, 2009: He was ordered to undergo a mental health (competency) evaluation to determine whether or not he was fit to stand trial. DSHS staff completed this evaluation in October. July 28- Sept. 7, 2009: DOC Community Corrections Officers research possible ways to hold Clemmons’ violation hearing in order to hold him in jail. (Attachment #3) August 6, 2009: Arkansas responds via e-mail to Washington’s Interstate Compact office indicating they have rescinded the warrant and will reevaluate the case when the pending charges are adjudicated. (Attachment #4) August 7, 2009: After ongoing communication between Washington and Arkansas regarding this case and no resolution, Washington Interstate Compact office sought guidance from the AG’s office. Clemmons’ DOC supervision was re-opened. (Attachment #5) August 19, 2009: DOC issued a Secretary’s Warrant for Clemmons for violations. August 20, 2009: Clemmons was apprehended. (Attachment #6) September 1, 2009: Washington requested Arkansas issue a warrant and Arkansas declined. September 10, 2009: DOC held a hearing to respond to the violations of supervision that occurred in May. These violations included failure to obey all laws by committing new crimes of malicious mischief, assaulting an officer, vandalism and domestic violence. Clemmons was given 120 days in jail and increased reporting to his CCO after his confinement time in was completed. DOC also recommended that he return to his home state. Arkansas responded to our request by asking that we continue to supervise him and they would evaluate the request after the new charges are finalized. September 19, 2009: Washington submitted a violation report from the Sept. 10 hearing to Arkansas. September 24, 2009: Clemmons was transferred from Snohomish County Jail (where he was housed on the DOC violation charges) to Pierce County Jail for a hearing on the Child Rape charges. Tuesday, December 01, 2009 -3- October 2, 2009: Arkansas issued a warrant valid only in Arkansas and asked Washington to continue to supervise Clemmons and notify them of what happens with his case. November 8, 2009: Clemmons’ sanction time is complete. He is held in jail pending new charges. November 23, 2009: The Community Corrections Officer who took supervision of Clemmons contacted Pierce County jail to verify that Clemmons was still in jail. November 23, 2009 10:20 p.m.: Clemmons posted bail and was released to the community. Washington DOC worked closely with the Pierce County Sheriff, the Pierce County Prosecutor and the AG’s office to do all we could to keep Clemmons on supervision or confined as much as possible. Tuesday, December 01, 2009 -4-