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MONROE, Wash. — An arbitrator says the Department of Corrections was wrong to fire three corrections officers and demote a sergeant for failings related to the death of Officer Jayme Biendl at the Monroe Correctional Complex.
A Washington state judge has sentenced an inmate to death for killing a state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago.
EVERETT — A videotaped confession played in court showed an inmate describing how he overpowered a corrections officer and strangled her in the chapel of a state prison at Monroe. The statement by defendant Byron Scherf to police was seen today in Snohomish County Superior Court, where a judge is deciding whether it will be admitted as evidence in Scherf’s trial for aggravated murder.
Documents released to the Associated Press reveal that inmates at the Monroe Correctional Complex had filed about 15 grievances against slain corrections officer Jayme Biendl -- all of which were universally determined to be unfounded.
OLYMPIA – After the bugler sounded taps, the bagpipers finished “Amazing Grace” and the honor guard was dismissed Friday, Marjorie Petersen and Manuel de Encio went to the state Law Enforcement Memorial to make graphite rubbings of the newest name on the stone monument. Their friend and co-worker, Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, was the first person killed in the line of duty in a Washington prison in more than 30 years. Department of Corrections officers in their dress uniforms joined immaculately attired police, sheriff’s deputies, state troopers and even red-jacketed Canadian Mounties in the honor guard.
State prison guards who were promised safer working conditions following the Jan. 29 slaying of a corrections officer in Western Washington are still waiting. At Airway Heights Corrections Center near Spokane, for example, self-defense pepper spray that experts recommend all officers carry while on duty remains locked up in an armory that only certain employees can open. Other changes recommended by a panel whose report has been embraced by Gov. Chris Gregoire are still potentially months away from being implemented.
Corrections officers in the state should wear personal body alarms, carry pepper spray and make other safety improvements to avoid future attacks like the one that killed a guard at the Monroe prison in January, Gov. Chris Gregoire said today.
A cold, damp picket line of state prison guards asked for safety and respect Wednesday in Airway Heights. The pickets got an occasional car-honk salute as they called attention to staffing cuts at the Airway Heights Corrections Center.
The prison inmate accused of strangling Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl in a chapel at the Monroe Correctional Complex last month told investigators that he deserves to die, according to documents released Thursday by Snohomish County prosecutors.
Corrections officer Jayme Biendl was remembered Tuesday as a courageous and caring woman who loved her job, her co-workers and her family. Gov. Chris Gregoire, speaking at a nearly two-hour memorial service at Comcast Arena in Everett, called Biendl "A Washingtonian through and through."
Corrections officer Jayme Biendl was remembered Tuesday as a courageous and caring woman who loved her job, her co-workers and her family. The traditional officer memorial included bagpipers, a color guard, the United States and Canadian national anthems and hundreds of uniformed officers from dozens of departments and agencies in attendance. It also included a photo slide show of childhood snapshots.