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Judge lets ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death live out of state

Citing safety concerns, a Minnesota judge on Friday issued new conditions of release for an ex-Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd that would allow him to live in a neighboring state while he awaits trial.

Report: Offenders on home detention not monitored 24/7

Many judges in Washington state have assigned more people convicted of crimes or awaiting trial for charges to electronic home monitoring in an effort to create room in county jails during the pandemic.

Second Coyote Ridge prisoner dies of COVID-19 amid outbreak

William A. Bryant, 72, was serving a 68-month sentence for first-degree child molestation out of Grays Harbor County, according to the state Department of Corrections. After contracting the novel coronavirus, Bryant was transferred on June 13 to a hospital in the Tri-Cities, where he died on Monday, the DOC said. He would have been released from prison, at the earliest, in April 2020.

12 inmates, 4 employees at Coyote Ridge prison test positive for COVID-19

In response, the Department of Corrections is shutting down the food factory at Coyote Ridge, where inmates produce meals for the entire prison system and dozens of external customers. All of the prison’s inmates will be quarantined in their units for 10 days starting Tuesday. All classes and other programming will be suspended.

Man convicted for son-in-law’s murder in Spokane Valley dies in prison at 89

Morris “Mel” Goldberg and his ex-wife, JoAnn Peterson, were convicted of first-degree murder for the Nov. 18, 1991 killing of Peter Zeihen. Peterson shot Zeihen in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun outside his Spokane Valley apartment. Goldberg helped plot the attack and drove the getaway car.