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May 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM
The aggravated murder trial began Wednesday in Everett for a prison inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory. If convicted, Byron Scherf could face the death penalty.
Jan 29, 2013 at 6:43 PM
Outrage over the murder of corrections officer Jayme Biendl spurred top-to-bottom security changes. But two years after the killing, some workers say Washington's prisons remain as dangerous as ever.
Nov 8, 2012 at 6:38 AM
A man was arrested in a small town near Olympia and accused of helping an escaped prisoner who remained at large Thursday afternoon after breaking out of a Monroe prison a day earlier, officials said.
Nov 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

An inmate with three months left to serve on his sentence escaped from the minimum security unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex, the state Department of Corrections said.

Corrections officers and local police are looking for...
Aug 23, 2012 at 2:33 PM
The inmate, 33-year-old Jimi Hamilton, tackled and punched the officer while he was standing at his post, said Department of Corrections spokesperson Selena Davis.
Apr 11, 2012 at 11:14 AM
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.
Jan 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM
The community came together Sunday to honor the memory of corrections officer Jayme Biendl, who was murdered on the job one year ago.
Jan 9, 2012 at 2:36 PM
One of three Washington state prison guards fired after the slaying of a corrections officer was away from his post during the attack, and officials still don't know where he was, documents state.
Nov 3, 2011 at 7:08 PM
From arming officers with pepper spray to radio upgrades, to better screening of inmates, the Department of Corrections showed off some of the new measures in place after Jayme Biendl's death.
Oct 31, 2011 at 11:13 PM
A KOMO News investigation has uncovered disturbing information about new Department of Corrections rules that are putting thousands of sex offenders on the street with little or no oversight. "It's an accident waiting to happen," said one victim.
Oct 26, 2011 at 3:20 PM
The superintendent of Monroe Correctional Complex has taken disciplinary action against seven staff members for their alleged actions on the night correctional officer Jayme Biendl was killed.
Oct 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wynne won't step down from the aggravated murder trial of the man accused of killing Monroe corrections officer Jayme Biendl.
The Daily Herald reports Wynne disputed allegations that he is biased...
Oct 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM
Lawyers for the Monroe prison inmate charged with murder in the slaying of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl are asking for another judge to hear the trial that could result in a death penalty for Byron Scherf.
Jul 27, 2011 at 11:52 AM
The Dept. of Labor and Industries said they found two serious safety violations and one repeat of a previous serious safety violation in levying the fine.
Jul 22, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Department of Corrections officials said seven staff members at Monroe Correctional Complex are being investigated for possible disciplinary action. But their actions did not directly contribute to the death of co-worker Jayme Biendl in January.

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