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Spokane rapist sentenced to death for killing prison guard

A Washington state judge has sentenced an inmate to death for killing a state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago.


Court video shows Scherf confessing Biendl killing

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. …


Inmates had filed grievances against slain guard

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 …


Two names added to state Law Enforcement Memorial

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 …


Prison staff wants safety now

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 …


Gregoire: Prison guards should wear body alarms

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 …


Corrections center staff fear budget cuts will reduce safety

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 …


Documents: Guard murder suspect said he deserves death

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 …


Gregoire speaks at prison guard memorial

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 …


Strangling suspect got mixed reports

Eleven years before Byron Scherf became the chief suspect in the strangling of a Monroe, Wash., corrections officer, a psychologist had concluded Scherf was “unlikely to act out within the …


Gregoire calls for review of prison guard murder

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire has called for an independent review of the murder of Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, who was found strangled Sunday in the prison chapel.


Inmate suspected in guard’s death is Spokane-area rapist

The inmate suspected of killing a corrections officer in Western Washington is a sex offender serving life in prison for the abduction and rape of a Spokane-area real estate agent …


Corrections officer strangled in prison chapel

A corrections officer who had raised concerns about being the sole guard in the chapel of a Washington state prison was strangled there over the weekend, and an inmate serving …