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Report On Corrections Officer Death Released

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Corrections officers at the Monroe prison should wear personal body alarms and carry pepper spray. Those are two of the findings in a report given to Gov. Chris Gregoire after an investigation into the death of a corrections officer inside the prison chapel on Jan. 29.

Gregoire on Monday announced the findings by the National Institute of Corrections at the Monroe prison near Everett, where the slaying occurred.

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was strangled to death. Convicted rapist Byron Scherf has pleaded not guilty to aggravated first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted. According to court documents, Scherf earlier confessed to killing Biendl, saying he was angry with the way she spoke to him minutes earlier.

      
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