Crime

Career criminal who sparked Three Strikes law sentenced to 44 years to life in prison

Douglas David Walker, 53, was sentenced Monday, March 5, 2018, to 44 years to life in prison for beating his girlfriend and dissuading witnesses from testifying against him.
Douglas David Walker, 53, was sentenced Monday, March 5, 2018, to 44 years to life in prison for beating his girlfriend and dissuading witnesses from testifying against him. Fresno Police Department

A career criminal who inspired the Three Strikes and You're Out law for repeat offenders was sentenced Monday in Fresno County Superior Court to 44 years to life in prison.

In December, Judge W. Kent Hamlin found Douglas David Walker, 53, guilty of a felony charge of corporal injury to his girlfriend and three counts of dissuading a witness from testifying against him.

Walker waived his right to a jury trial and had Hamlin decided his case because of Walker's link to the killing of Kimber Reynolds in Fresno in June 1992.. The killing prompted Kimber's father, Mike Reynolds, to create the Three Strikes law, which mandates tough prison sentences for repeat offenders.

In announcing the punishment, Hamlin noted that Walker has three prior strikes for robbery and attempted robbery and four prior prison commitments.

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