Convict Who Inspired CA's 3 Strikes Law Released

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A man whose long rap sheet inspired the state's three strikes law is back living in Fresno.

KFSN-TV reports that Douglas Walker is out of custody under the prison realignment law that sends lower-level offenders to county jails instead of state prisons.

Walker's role in the 1992 fatal shooting of Kimber Reynolds prompted her father to campaign for the three strikes law, which mandates that thrice-convicted felons receive a minimum of 25 years to life in prison.

He received a nine-year sentence after pleading guilty to robbery and accessory charges in Reynold's killing, but was sent back to prison after being convicted of stealing a tool chest. He avoided receiving a third strike sentence in the grand theft case because a judge gave him the benefit of the doubt.

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