A three-strikes offender released from custody in August and told to report in Longview still hasn’t shown up nearly three months later, a Department of Corrections spokesperson said this week.
Tracy Hoggatt took a Greyhound bus from a Yakima facility to Seattle on Aug. 13 and was supposed to report to the Longview that day, DOC spokesperson Janelle Guthrie said. The agency issued a warrant for his arrest.
“(Hoggatt) is still out on warrant,” Guthrie said Monday. “We have not located him yet.”
Gov. Jay Inslee commuted Hoggatt’s sentence in January 2017, finding Hoggatt had “taken steps to turn his life around and developed a strong sense of empathy.” He was released on Aug. 1 last year with 18 months probation.
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Hoggatt was Cowlitz County’s first offender to be sentenced under Washington’s 1993 voter-approved “three strikes, you’re out” law, which mandates life sentences without parole for criminals who commit three major felonies.
Former Superior Court Judge Don McCulloch sentenced Hoggatt to life in prison in 1995 after he was arrested for first-degree burglary in a firearms heist at a Silver Lake home. It was Hoggatt’s third felony strike. He was 37 at the time.
Hoggatt’s previous crimes were a convenience store robbery in 1979 and a second-degree assault in which he threatened a woman with a knife in 1988.
Since those crimes were considered “serious offenses,” the first-degree burglary conviction triggered automatic life imprisonment without possibility of parole.