Dori: Survivor describes fear of ‘3-Strikes’ rapist’s pending release

Aug 26, 2022, 7:54 AM
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A Washington state woman who was raped at age 16 by a “Three Strikes, You’re Out” offender is now living in fear of her attacker’s pending release from prison.

The case is connected to a recent change that Democratic state senators and Gov. Jay Inslee made with Senate Bill 1564 – now Washington state law – that reclassified and reduced some felonies. As a result, some “Three Strikes” felons now have only two strikes. That makes them eligible for parole.

“Marie” – who used a pseudonym on Thursday’s Dori Monson Show – heard about this change from a victims’ rights advocate, who told her that her rapist, Harry Carrier, was on a list of felons who could be released.

Soon after this call, Marie heard Dori interview Sophie Johnson, the grandmother of Vancouver, Wash., teen Chelsea Harrison, whose killer is no longer considered a “Three Strikes” felon. At the time of his original conviction, the judge in that case called the girl’s killer a “poster boy” for habitual crime.

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According to The (Vancouver) Columbian, the lawmakers’ decision means there are more than 100 incarcerated felons with “Three Strikes” sentences who could be off the hook for life in prison.

Despite her fear, Marie reached out to Dori because she thinks people need to know what this new law means.

“I don’t understand why they (lawmakers) would do something like that,” Marie said. “What does this do to victims? I’m sorry. I’m overcome with emotion. It’s unbelievable. They just aren’t thinking about what this does to us.”

In an interview with Jim Senescu, the Clark County attorney who successfully prosecuted Chelsea Harrison’s killer in 2005, the lawyer blamed eight Democratic lawmakers behind the bill.

“We can thank Washington state Senators (Jeannie) Darneille (Tacoma); (Mona) Das (Kent); (Patty) Kuderer (Bellevue); (Bob) Hasegawa (Seattle); (Marko) Liias (Lynnwood); (Rebecca) Saldaña (Seattle); (Jesse) Salomon (Shoreline) and (Claire) Wilson (Auburn) for sponsoring Senate 5164,” Senescu said.

Now, Marie told Dori’s listeners, she has relocated out of fear of her rapist.

“He threatened me repeatedly, so many times. The first time he got out of prison, he actually stalked me a bit, just to show me he knew where I was,” she continued.

Is it possible, Dori asked, that her attacker has been rehabilitated after several decades in prison?

“I really don’t think so,” Marie responded. “He absolutely will attack more women. There is no doubt in my mind.”

Her plea to state legislators regarding the new law?

“Just repeal it.”

Listen to survivor Marie tell Dori about her fear of her ‘Three-Strikes, You’re Out” rapist being released from prison:

Dori Monson on KIRO Newsradio 97.3 FM
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Dori: Survivor describes fear of ‘3-Strikes’ rapist’s pending release