Man seeking early parole after being in prison for 35 years gets 2 decades more instead

  • Timothy Pauley has been serving his three life imprisonment sentence for 35 years
  • He asked for a review of his term in prison and hopes to be paroled
  • The Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board denied his request, added 20 more years of imprisonment instead 

Timothy Pauley, 57, has been serving his three life imprisonment sentence for 35 years at the Monroe Correctional Complex in Washington State.

In a report written by correspondent Christine Clarridge published by Seattle Times, it was disclosed that Pauley had an audience with the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board, an arm of the state Department of Corrections, with the hope of being released earlier than his supposed release term on February 2018.

Apparently, under state law, for offenders who were ordered to be imprisoned before July 1, 1984, it is the Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board who sets the minimum sentence.

The story goes that Pauley was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder, and sentences for two of the counts are to run consecutively, after being involved on the three murders at Barn Door Tavern on June 12, 1980.

The Victims

The victims who were slain by then 21-year-old Pauley, together with his accomplice Scott C. Smith, were Loran Dowell, the Barn Door Tavern night manager; Robert Pierre, the bartender; and Pierre’s girlfriend and a former waitress identified as Linda Burford – who was not just raped but was also left to die while hanged on a railing.

Dowell and Pierre were both tied up in the walk-in cooler of the tavern and were shot in the head,

Surviving the crime are two other women, who were choked with electric cords and left to die in the women’s restroom, but made it alive.

Pauley was imprisoned in 1981; however, the judge who sentenced him did not make a recommendation for a minimum term.

Serving the sentence for the two consecutive counts, Pauley had been a trouble-free inmate — according to a testimony during a review hearing on January.

He also apologized for the crimes he committed and blamed alcohol, drugs and depression as to why he committed the acts of murder.

However, during the probe as of March 2016, when asked why he shot the men even if they were already tied up, he answered that “he panicked.”

His supposed bid for an early release was opposed not just by the relatives of the victims but also by Dan Satterberg, the King County Prosecutor, and Congressman Dave Reichert, who, as a King County Sheriff detective, was the one in-charge of the investigation over the murders.

The Board Decision

He may be filled with hope that his request will be granted, but the turn of events did not favor him. Rather, instead of shortening the sentence, he was given twenty years more.

An explanation from the board was released which states that:  “Mr. Pauley’s role in the murders was egregious. He had the gun and was responsible for shooting the male victims to death despite the fact that they were already tied up in the cooler and posed no threat to Mr. Pauley or his co-defendant.”

Adding to it they stressed, “The additional time was added due to the egregiousness of the crimes and to bring his sentence into alignment with sentences meted out today for people convicted of comparable crimes.”

Thus, Mr. Pauley is not eligible for parole until 2031 as per board decision.

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