Three men sentenced in Clark County to life in prison under the state’s three-strikes law, in part because of a second-degree robbery conviction, could be eligible for resentencing.
The Washington Legislature has passed a bill to resentence as many as 114 people who “struck out,” at least in part because of a second-degree robbery conviction, and are now serving life without parole.
Second-degree robbery, a felony which generally involves no weapon or physical injury, was removed from the state’s list of third-strike offenses in 2019. However, at that time, lawmakers declined to make it retroactive.
Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Scott Jackson said Thursday that at least three men would be eligible for resentencing under the revision: Tobbie Eaton, 37, Jerald Davenport Jr., 49, and Autrey Lewis Jr., 51.
“I think it’s a good thing. (Senate Bill) 5164, in part, was looking to assist in getting resentencing for individuals who were ‘struck out’ for a second-degree robbery conviction, and that’s no longer a strike. The way the statute is written it was making the process overly cumbersome, difficult. This will streamline that.”