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Purse-snatcher serving life sentence released

OLYMPIA, Wash. - A purse-snatcher who was serving life in prison under Washington's "three strikes" law is a free man after Gov. Chris Gregoire granted a conditional commutation of his sentence.

Gregoire made the decision Thursday evening, and Stevan Dozier was released from Monroe Correctional Center in Snohomish County shortly thereafter.

He's the first person sentenced under the 1993 law to be released.

In December, the state clemency board voted 4-0 to recommend letting him out. Many had supported the release, including those who sent Dozier to prison in 1994.

The judge who sentenced Dozier, the King County prosecutor, and even one of the authors of the three-strikes law had argued that Dozier deserved another chance.

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