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Man sentenced to life for killing sex offenders; judge chastises supporters

Clallam County Sheriff's Office

Patrick Drum, 34, was sentenced to life without parole Tuesday for fatally shooting two convicted sex offenders in Washington state in early June.

A Washington state man convicted of fatally shooting two men “because they were sex offenders” was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without possibility of parole, KOMOnews.com reported.

On June 2, Patrick Boyd Drum fatally shot his new roommate, Gary Lee Blanton Jr., 28, at their home in Sequim, Wash. Then, around 9 p.m., Drum drove to the home of Jerry Wayne Ray, 55, also a convicted sex offender, and shot and killed him.

At 9:26 p.m., police received a cell phone call from man who said, “Help, 911, I’m being shot,” according to court records obtained by NBC News. Police were not able to trace the call.

At 6:30 a.m. the next morning, deputies responded to neighbors complaining about a suspicious man sitting on their porch. The man had identified himself as Patrick, told the neighbors they had nothing to worry about and then walked away.

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Nearby, the deputies found an abandoned rental car issued to Drum, 34, with an empty box of 9mm bullets and a note apologizing for the disturbances, according to the court records.

About an hour later, at 7:40 a.m., Ray's father found him unresponsive at his home. 

As police investigated the crime scene, Blanton's wife called saying she hadn't heard from her husband but that she had received a text message from Drum saying the two were going camping. When police arrived at Blanton's home, they found both doors padlocked. Upon entry, they found Blanton dead. 

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At 2:30 p.m., after a three-hour manhunt, police found Drum, who told a detective that he shot Ray and Blanton several times “because they were sex offenders," according to the court documents. He told the detective that he had intended to drive to another county and kill a third sex offender, according to the records.

Drum, who pleaded guilty to the double murder, told Judge Ken Williams in July that he wanted to represent himself because “he stood up for a belief and the attorneys don’t have the same belief,” the Sequim Gazette reported.

In court Tuesday, chastised Drum’s supporters, KOMO reported. The wife of one of the two men killed said that people who consider Drum a hero have stalked her home, spat on her family and thrown things at her car.

Blanton, 28, was convicted in 2001 as a teenager of third-degree rape, according to the National Sex Offender Registry. Ray was convicted in 2002 of first-degree rape of a child.

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