Another Washington Three-Strikes Offender Wins Clemency Recommendation

By Austin Jenkins

Washington’s Clemency Board has recommended the release of another three-strikes offender serving life without parole. The three-to-zero vote Friday followed testimony from King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg who supported the petition for mercy.

Orlando Ames was 27 in 1994 when he committed his third-strike crime. It was a second-degree assault that involved running after and grabbing hold of his victim while a juvenile accomplice stole items from the victim’s pockets. Previously, Ames had been convicted of two street robberies. Today, Ames is 46 and suffers from a serious heart condition. Prosecutor Satterberg told the Clemency Board that prior to three-strikes, Ames would have faced about two years in prison.

Dan Satterberg: “He has paid a heavy price, he has served a 19-year sentence, people who commit murder serve less than that in our state.”

Satterberg told the Board he doesn’t believe Ames poses a threat to society anymore. This is the sixth time Satterberg has gone to bat for three-strikes offender he believes has reformed. The Republican prosecutor says his goal is to reconcile past and present charging practices in King County. The Clemency Board’s non-binding recommendation now goes to Governor Jay Inslee.

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