Spokane County rapist receives death penalty for officer slaying

Spokane County rapist receives death penalty for officer slaying

Credit: KING

Convicted murderer Byron Scherf sits in a Snohomish County courtroom in Everett, Wash., as a jury sentences him to death, May 15, 2013.

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 3:23 PM

Updated Friday, May 17 at 3:29 PM

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- Spokan County rapist Byron Scherf was sentenced to death for killing a corrections officer at the Washington state Reformatory, but there are no plans to hold him differently than any of the eight other death row inmates at the Washington state Penitentiary at Walla Walla.

 
Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis told The Daily Herald Scherf is confined to the intensive management unit, the highest security.
 
Inmates are generally restricted to their cells 23 hours a day. They are kept in restraints any time they are in the presence of corrections officers.
 
Scherf was sentenced Wednesday and moved to Walla Walla Thursday for what could be a long stay. The 54-year-old who confessed to strangling Jayme Biendl and once said he expected to be executed now plans to exercise his appeal rights.

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