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Murderer seeking early parole gets an additional 20 years in prison after board believes his sentenced was lax

By Mason White 5:38 PM March 15, 2016
Timothy Pauley 

By: Chan Yuan
(Scroll down for video) A murderer of Washington, who wanted to get out of jail earlier than planned, was slapped with an additional 20 years in prison.

Timothy Pauley, 57, received three life sentences after killing three people with an accomplice at a tavern in Seattle, in 1980.

After spending 35 years in prison, Pauley went before a parole board and asked to be released early. State law allows prisoners who committed crimes before 1984 to apply for parole.

However, instead of reducing the sentence for Pauley, the Department of Corrections’ Indeterminate Sentencing Review Board decided that Pauley should spend at least two more decades behind bars.

The members of the review board said Pauley’s role in the murder was “egregious” and that his original sentence did not meet current standards for similar crimes.

During the hearing, Pauley said that while he and his friend Scott Smith were trying to rob the tavern, he panicked when he shot the tavern’s night manager, Loran Dowell, and bartender Robert Pierre.

The two men were shot in the head while they were tied up in a walk-in cooler. Linda Burford, who was a former waitress and the girlfriend of the manager, was found raped and hanged.

Two other women were left to die in a restroom after being choked with electrical cords, but luckily, they survived.