Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, who was in charge of the jail for several years before County Commissioners took over operations in 2014, said he’d never seen an inmate successfully squeeze through exterior windows. “They’re very, very narrow,” he said. Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn said this morning she was waiting to be briefed on the situation before commenting. Spokane County Jail Director John McGrath directed questions on the case to the FBI. Harrill referred questions to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Eastern Washington. That office has not yet commented on the escape attempt. Henrikson and several others are scheduled for trial in Spokane on Oct. 5. The federal judge in that case, Salvador Mendoza, recently ruled that jurors would not be allowed to hear about another plot Henrikson allegedly hatched to break out of Spokane County Jail, where he’s been held since an indictment in the case was handed down in September. The main source of information in that escape attempt was a statement by a fellow inmate, who said he was recruited by Henrikson to help him flee a jail transport van using squirt guns filled with gasoline. Henrikson’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment Thursday afternoon. In its news release, Spokane County said inmates have weekly access to clean bedding and dirty laundry hampers.
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