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High court upholds Clallam life sentence

July 18th, 2014 - 5:13am

(Port Angeles) The state Supreme Court has upheld the life conviction in a 2009 Port Angeles robbery.

The court agreed this week, that Alvin Witherspoon should continue his sentence of life without the possibility of parole.

The 39-year-old Witherspoon was convicted by a Clallam County jury of second-degree robbery, residential burglary and witness tampering.

Witherspoon was sentenced to life under the state's three-strikes law.

He had previous convictions for theft, assault, burglaries and other charges out of Snohomish County.

In the Clallam County case, Witherspoon had broken into the home of a Port Angeles woman, but was surprised by the victim who came home unexpectedly while he was leaving.

The victim testified at trial that Witherspoon held his left hand behind his back and told her he had a pistol.

Witherspoon fled, but the victim followed and called 911.

He was located later by law enforcement with the victim's belongings in his possession, according to court testimony.

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