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This mug shot of Clemmons is from the Little Rock Police Department and is from 2004 This mug shot of Clemmons is from the Little Rock Police Department and is from 2004
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According the Arkansas Department of Corrections, Clemmons was sentenced to a 108-year prison term in Arkansas on charges involving robberies, burglaries and thefts.

Clemmons' sentence was commuted by then Governor Mike Huckabee in 2000, but he was sent back to prison the following year for violating his parole and released again in 2004.

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A memorial has been set up where people have laid balloons, flags and flowers in remembrance of the four Lakewood police officers killed Sunday morning as they sat working at  Parkland coffee shop

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"Our family thanks the community for their support, as well as the law enforcement community.  We appreciate all the officers who are assisting in the capture of Tina's murderer.  As a community, we need to pull together and make changes in the Criminal Justice system, so that no one else becomes a victim.  My sister was a hero and will be greatly missed.  She has made all of us very proud."

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