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Inmate Guilty In Wash. C.O.'s Slaying

May 10, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Washington DOC.
Photo courtesy of Washington DOC.
A convicted rapist may face the death penalty after a Snohomish County, Wash., jury on Thursday found him guilty of first-degree murder for strangling a corrections officer.

Prosecutors have indicated they will pursue capital punishment for Byron Scherf, 54, in the death of Jayme Biendl, 34, in January 2011 at the Washington State Reformatory, reports the Daily Herald. Scherf strangled the officer in the sanctuary of the prison chapel.

Scherf, who was serving a life sentence for sex crimes from the 1990s, strangled Biendl with a microphone cord. He later confessed the crime to detectives.

During the trial, Scherf's attorneys argued their client didn't intend to kill Biendl and blacked out in the moments before her death. Scherf said he went looking for Biendl at her post because he was angry about something she had said to him, reports KOMO.

Following the slaying, the Washington Department of Corrections made several operational changes to improve officer safety.


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[email protected] @ 5/13/2013 4:21 PM

WTF? A lifer just goes wandering around a " Reformatory"? This pos should have been in lock down, not roaming around. Piss poor security coverage and an Officer died because of it. Blues, Stay Safe.

BOP @ 5/13/2013 9:00 PM

You don't work in a prison do you Bob? That is normal to have lifers walking around like they own the place.

Jim A @ 5/13/2013 11:48 PM

I live in Washington and this incident was traumatic to me. Such a waste of life. Now, I hope the state "wastes" another life. Maybe a very slow strangulation with a microphone cord might be fitting.

The suspect just proved that it is not "cruel and unusual punishment" by doing that to someone else. He should die that same way. I volunteer to assist him on his way out of here. POS.

Capt. Crunch @ 5/14/2013 8:38 AM

This POS commits murder in a prison chapel (aka house of God) and they say he MAY face the death penalty. It should read WILL face the death penalty.

S.S. @ 5/15/2013 2:50 PM

Beautiful woman, and because of these bullshit policies that are similar to almost any other prison in the nation. Animals like this need to be put away 24/7, no recreation time, nothing. They don't deserve it. They should have no rights. This just makes me so damn sick to my stomach. R.I.P. Jayme and my prayers and condolences go out to you and your family. God Bless.

S.S. @ 5/15/2013 2:50 PM

Beautiful woman, and because of these bullshit policies that are similar to almost any other prison in the nation. Animals like this need to be put away 24/7, no recreation time, nothing. They don't deserve it. They should have no rights. This just makes me so damn sick to my stomach. R.I.P. Jayme and my prayers and condolences go out to you and your family. God Bless.

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