SPD Cop Killer Lonnie Link’s Clemency Hearing This Thursday

UPDATE

The clemency board denied Link's request, the final decision is in the hands of Governor Gregoire.  


 UPDATE:

 Lonnie Link's hearing will be held on March 11th. 


On July 18 1983, Spokane Police Officer Brian Orchard left for work and Orchard’s workday was pretty much like any other day at the office; however, Orchard's 'office' was not a stylish sixth floor suite with a view of Riverfront Park. Orchard’s 'office' was the slimy under belly of lurid crime and filthy criminals, and on that day in late July, Brian Orchard did not get to come home from his ‘office’ as he had every day for 15 years. On that day, Brian Orchard became the first Spokane Police officer killed in the line of duty since 1929.

Career criminal Lonnie Link snuffed Orchard’s life like a candleLink was on parole in Montana at the time and was due to go to trial for a Possession of Stolen Property charge in Spokane County two weeks from the time he shot Officer Orchard.

 

In early June of 1983, Lonnie Link and his partner in crime Donald Beach were in Wenatchee and carried out the home invasion robbery of Robert Adolphi, an antique gun collector. They robbed Adolphi and his wife of over $40,000 in guns and precious gems and metal.  Link intended to sell the stolen goods, but ran into difficulty, so the decision was made to sell them back to Adolphi.

Once learning the sale would be occurring in Spokane, Wenatchee detectives investigating the theft contacted the Spokane Police department to investigate an extortion plot involving the stolen guns in exchange for $20,000.    

The night of Officer Orchard’s murder, Donald Beach was about a block away meeting with Adolphi for the money. Detectives staked out the area; Orchard approached a Lincoln Continental occupied by Lonnie Link. Link shot Officer Orchard in the head and then fled the scene amid a hail of gunfire. Police apprehended Link two days later in a Portland, Oregon phone booth.

 

A jury found Link and Beach guilty and they each received life without the possibility of parole. For whatever reason, Link’s deplorable soul was spared because the murder of Brian Orchard would have surely made Link “death sentence eligible”.

 

This year Lonnie Link petitioned Washington State to release him. Link believes 26 years has been long enough to spend behind bars although he killed a police officer. In 1996, Link petitioned Governor Mike Lowry for clemency and was denied.

 

Link’s new approach is that he never intended to kill Brian Orchard. He claims he did not know Orchard was a police officer despite statements to the contrary Link gave to Portland police after he was apprehended in Oregon in 1983.

 

Link stresses he thought the person who approached his vehicle that night was Alvin Hegge the former president of the Ghost Riders Motorcycle Club.  Link claims he was denied the opportunity to explain to his jury 26 years ago the fatal shooting was a case of mistaken identity. Link asserts Hegge supposedly told Link that if he testified about Ghost Rider involvement in the Adolphi robbery Hegge would have Link killed in prison.

 

The Hegge death threat didn’t seem to stop Link from working with prosecutors to build a case around Hegge. After his conviction, Link worked with prosecutors and told Spokane County Prosecutor Don Brockett that Hegge hired Link and Beach to pull off the Adolphi robbery including several other armed robberies and burglaries throughout Eastern Washington.

 

Brockett eventually charged Alvin Hegge with the 2nd Degree Murder of Brian Orchard, and extradited Hegge from a Wisconsin prison where he had began a life sentence of first degree murder. Hegge’s Spokane County trial became known as one of the most expensive and ‘entertaining’ trials in Spokane County history.

 

Link and Beach became “key prosecution witnesses” against Hegge and other Ghost Riders during a 1985 trial in which they testified that they were hired by Hegge to rob a home in Bloomington, Indiana in June of 1983.

 

In exchange for their testimony against Hegge, both Beach and Link were enrolled in the witness protection program. The two were allowed to serve their sentences out of state. Their families each received $1500.00 to relocate near the prison where they did their time. Link was granted immunity for about 10 felonies in exchange for his testimony against Alvin Hegge.

  

We have learned far too well over the past 10 days what happens to our citizens after a governor signs the commutation of a repeat offender, just ask the friends and family of four brave fallen Lakewood Police officers.

Comments

  1. What ever happened to Donald Beach? Is he still serving time?

  2. DENNYSANJEL says:

    all those low life rat biker buddy that claim there loyalty infront of there boy and then sell out there boy the minute they get busted for there own stupidity and then say what ever they have to just to save there own ass !!!! a RATS a RAT everyday of his worthless life.I have more respect for a killer who owns what he is than any rat fink pussy that tells what saves his ass.Hope someone is making use of those RATS ass everyday (hahaha) DONT BE NICE BOYS HURT THEM!!!!!! BEACH AND LINK CAN EAT SHIT WHO WOULD CARE WHAT HAPPEN TO THEM

  3. CRYSTAL says:

    COPS ARENT ANY BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE…. THEIR SH*T STINKS JUST AS BAD AS EVERYONE ELSES! IF YOU KNEW THE WHOLE STORY ASSHOLE YOU'D CHANGE YOUR TINY LITTLE MIND. ILL TELL YOU ONE THING…. IF IT WAS MY LIFE OR A COPS, I SAY F THE COP. GRANTED KILLING IS KILLING BUT NOONE SHOULD BE PUNISHED MORE FOR KILLING A COP THAN FOR KILLING SOMEONE WALKING DOWN THE STREET. THE GOVERNMENT IN THE U.S. IS SCREWY. ITS NOT OK TO KILL ANYONE PERIOD….THE PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE THE SAME FOR EVERYONE FOR EVERY MURDER. YOU KNOW DAMN WELL IF I WERE A CELEBRITY AND KILLED SOMEONE OH, ID GET PROBATION FOR 10-15 YEARS. BULLSHIT….

  4. CRYSTAL says:

    WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF ANY JOB???? COP- RISK OF BEING KILLED NURSE- GETTING HIV, HEP SOLDIER- RISK OF DEATH OR MISSING LIMBS THE CAREER YOU CHOOSE IS WHAT "CAN" HAPPEN ITS THE RISK YOU TAKE NO MATTER WHERE YOU WORK… GOD MAKES THE DECISION IN THE END. TAKE CARE LINK!

  5. CRYSTAL says:

    WE NEED TO GET A NEW GOVERNMENT AND WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THINGS ARE EQUAL? MY ASS… THERES MORE FREEDOM IN MEXICO AND OTHER COUNTRIES THAN THERE IS IN THE U.S. WHY IS THAT???????

  6. Why did they believe link and beach? Link did the murder and got away with it in a sense. My cousin sits in prison on their testimony and he wasn't even there. Are link and beach still in prison now? My cousin is! He didn't get a choice on where to serve his time, why did the murderer? guest

  7. Just because someone rides a Harley, doesn't mean they are bad. Al Hegge may have been a bad ass biker in his day, but he is my big brother. He made sure I got good grades in school, and tried really hard to straighten me out. Lonnie Link is a lying rat. Al wasn't even in town the night Brian Orchard was shot. Link was acting on his own during the whole mess. Al is now in his 70's and has a debilitating disease. He should be released to live out the remainder of his life with family. Al did a lot that was wrong but he did a lot that was good too. He has served enough time. Link and Beach were creeps and are liars.

    • hey, I knew al back then and those guys are full of it! Al helped me when my life fell a part, he was the president yes but he was a family guy first and he loved and protected Carrie and his kids! No Al wasnt htere nor did he have anything to do with it! When he heard about it he was pissed! Just sayin

  8. alan kellejian says:

    alvin hegge was a mentor to me, a very wise man and a brother. signed former nomad "weed" e-mail: frankenstien4x4@aol.com

  9. I thought that Hegge was released……..Living in Washington somewhere……..Is he still incarcerated, because Wisconsin shows him on community supervision.

    • kazack2006 says:

      he is my grandfather and is now still serving his life sentence on the washington coast near aberdeen in a hospital wing as he is blind from a stroke caused by mistreatment in prison.

      • seiously??? I been lookin to write him and could only find stories but no address in the Waupun corrections! I am sooo sorry to hear this! Al used to ride with Preacher Mike also and I just recently found out he had passed away! What ever happened to Carrie? She was with him when all this happened? Can you tell him Cat, said hi, i was Michael T wife then later Troxells ole lady, its been yrs and my whole life is brand new just always felt angry for what happened and how he took the fall for all the BS ya know!

      • I went to h.s. w/Al. Good guy but tough as nails. Saw him his last night in Madison. Please get in touch w/me @ purgold58@yahoo.com John Haase "Hoss"

  10. Link is a psychopath and a megalomaniac. He should never breathe free air again. He would kill again for the FUN of it . I KNOW THIS CRAZY FUCK. Orchard wasn't his first.

  11. daughter says:

    For the record Link and Beach were never Ghost Riders. They wanted Hegge they got him doesn't matter how they did it or who was hurt in the process. Anyone ever wonder why a healthy 30 something corner suddenly died of a heart attack?

  12. noneyadamnbizbitch says:

    can I get an AMEN?

    It's the way of the GHOST!!

  13. noneyadamnbizbitch says:

    My father rode proudly with Mr. Alvin Hegge… He also workded for him in his body shop. They were, friends, coworkers, brothers and yes…. they were bikers.. I know my dad misses his friend dearly, and probly often wishes he could turn back the clock to the days when it was, just for "shits and giggles"….. My mother remembers my dad and Al getting dressed in freshhly clean jeans and shirts and then going out to the garage and smearing grease on their clothes just to appear more…. ?? I dunno, "tough" for lack of a better word.. They rode proudly and loudly.. and the small community we lived in was, I'm sure scared to death, or maybe just reminded of that Clint Eastwood movie with those someone nitwit bikers the "Blackwidows"…. Small communities sadly aften bread small minded individuals.. and sometimes stubborn individuals.. all sorts I suppose… Say what you want about Al… (read on to 2nd half)

    • hey I used to work in that shop there in Ephrata / Soap Lake Wa. yeah he taught me alot, not criminal but body work on old mustangs, fat bob tanks ect. Gave me a trailor to live in on his property there cuz one of his brothers was doin me wrong! I hate when the papers say "bikers" like that, yep he rode, had fun and did his own thing! I was around when all this went down and I was in shock all the lies that got thrown at him and how they used him as the scape goat for others actions. And… Al didnt need anyone to rob anyone, he had his property and shops! In spokane and soap lake.

  14. what ever happened to Will?

  15. just found out Dennis Troxell – Ghost -passed away in Oakland Cal this past march! Nomad Troxell you are missed, you always had big heart and big fun!

  16. HILLBILLY509 says:

    HMM NO ONE REMEMBERS THAT THE CITY CORONER SAID THAT THE POLICE OFFICER THAT WAS KILLED WAS SHOT IN THE BACK DOING A SHOOT OUT THIS WOULD MEAN THAT A FELLOW OFFICER SHOT HIM. AND THAT THIS CORONER DIED AT THE AGE 33 OF A HEART ATTACK THIS WOMAN WAS IN PERFECT HEALTH. ALSO THE FIRE IN WISCONSIN WAS ONE THAT THE FIRE MARSHAL SAID WAS A CAUSE OF FAULTY WIRING AT FIRST AND THEN WHEN THE FEDS STEPPED IN IT WAS A ARSON INSTEAD. CORRUPTION IN SPOKANE POLICE DEPARTMENT STILL GOS ON. THEY MANIPULATE AND MANUFACTURE EVIDENCE TO THERE SIDE NO MATTER WHAT THE TRUTH IS . DOING THE DOE BOY INCIDENT THERE WAS MANY OF THE JUDGES,COPS,AND PROSECUTORS OFFICE THAT HAD THERE TESTIMONY SEALED TO PROTECT THEM FROM ANY PUBLIC EYE. SPOKANE IS CORRUPT AND TO THIS DAY THERE ARE POLICE OFFICERS KILLING CITIZENS .

  17. Frankie says:

    Thank you, to all of you, who had good things to say about the Coolest uncle a boy could want! He was my uncle, my hero and a Great brother to my mother. Uncle Al was wronged by our justice system and the only good thing is, he is now in heaven, reunited with his parents, his cool brother and my mother.
    Uncle Al, if you can see me, I hope you know how special you were to me and, how much I loved you! Rest in peace.

    • timber says:

      R.I.P. Burrhead.

      Sorry for your loss, Frankie. I did not know til just now. Thought he was still doing his time at Stafford Creek.
      Just checked-Stafford still shows him on their books.

    • Just found out about alvin, Frankie. I was a friend of Alvins, rode motercycles and hung out with him in the early 80's I was in my 20's then and really looked up to him. If he did not have an answer to a question he would find an answer. A great human being and missed. My name was Weed when I was in the club. I truly enjoyed the oppertunity to meet and know your uncle. Peace

    • I went to h.s. w/Al in Madison. Tough guy!! Kicked the s***out of the Dane County Sheriff. I always had ok relationship w/him. Didn't know him well but knew he was nobody to f*** with. (I was a wimp, 114 lbs.). But he was really smart at algebra. Saw him the night he left Madison. Wish I had his hair now! Sorry about his passing.

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