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  • Jury convicts West in eye gouging case

    A jury found convicted killer Michael L. West Jr. guilty today of gouging out the eyes of a fellow prison inmate, ensuring that West will remain in prison for the …


  • Killer’s violent history not communicated in prison transfer

    When a rapist who murdered one of his cellmates in the Spokane County Jail requested a transfer to a medium-security prison several years later, the approval process at the Washington …


  • Felony charge in Spokane ended in death

    Another Spokane case where prosecutors used their discretion to charge a misdemeanor theft as a more serious felony robbery ended in tragedy in 2004. That year, Spokane County prosecutors charged …


  • Airway Heights prison to lose about 45 jobs

    Cuts at Washington state prisons will eliminate about 45 jobs at Airway Heights Corrections Center and could cancel a rehabilitative program designed to prepare inmates for re-entry to society. “It’s …


  • ‘Graphic’ attack likely leaves inmate blind

    A violent inmate who tortured and killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail six years ago, resulting in a $180,000 settlement by the county, is accused of gouging out …


  • Killer suspected of 2nd attack on a cellmate

    A man who tortured and killed his cellmate at the Spokane County Jail six years ago is now suspected of gouging out the left eye of a cellmate at Airway …