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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Sunday he is leaning against running for president. Coincidence? It turns out that as governor, Huckabee in 2000 commuted the prison sentence of a 17 year-old convicted robber who now stands accused of killing four police officers in Washington state.
Huckabee, as governor of Arkansas in 2000, commuted a 95- year prison sentence for Maurice Clemmons. Huckabee cited Clemmons’ youth – he was 17 when he was convicted in 1989 of aggravated robbery – in commuting the sentence, the Associated Press reported. Clemmons was then paroled.
Clemmons, now 37, is at large following what police describe as an “ambush” Sunday morning at a Tacoma-area coffee shop that left four police officers dead. The night before the shooting, Clemmons reportedly threatened to kill some cops.
In a statement on his website, Huckabee, who lately has a show on Fox News and a new book out, deplored the massacre but made no mention of the commutation.
“It appears that he has continued to have a string of criminal and psychotic behavior but was not kept incarcerated by either state. This is a horrible and tragic event and if found and convicted the offender should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law”