King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg says he is likely to support clemency for another three-striker: Mary Ann London, the first woman sentenced to life without parole under the state's repeat offender law. London was convicted in 1995 of one count each of robbery and burglary after stealing two radios from a man with cerebal palsy. London, who had three prior robbery convictions, claimed she was working as a prostitute at the time and took the radios as collateral because her client couldn't pay, according to news accounts at the time. Her victim testified that London snuck in through his apartment window, sat on him and choked him until he agreed to hand over the loot.
"It looks like this one would be a good candidate," says Satterberg, who has been reviewing early three-strikes cases to see if some of some of the people his office initially prosecuted were treated more harshly than they would be now. He is supporting clemency petitions for those he identifies. With his help so far, three-striker Stevan Dozier has already been freed, and two more were recommended for release by the state Board of Clemency and Pardons and await a decision by the governor. Satterberg, whose office is still reviewing the London case, says he expects her to have a hearing before the clemency board in December.