Thompson transferred to Seattle facility, will likely be moved again

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 11:02 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A former Spokane officer is now in federal custody following his sentencing hearing Thursday.

Karl F. Thompson Jr. walked free after he was convicted of excessive force and lying to investigators in 2011. U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle sentenced him to 51 months behind bars and ordered U.S. Marshals to take him immediately into custody.

They moved him to Federal Detention Center, SeaTac near Seattle after the hearing. The facility houses 785 of 218,505 total federal inmates in the United States, including men and women. Offenders there have been convicted on charges ranging from extortion to sexual offenses.  The purpose of the facility is to house inmates temporarily as they await trial or after recently being sentenced.

The goal of the detention center is for all inmates to be in general population, but concerns for safety, including a background in law enforcement are always considered.  Staff at the facility couldn’t tell KREM2 News the specifics of Thompson’s stay in custody there.

Since the SeaTac location only houses inmates temporarily, Thompson will likely be moved to another facility.  The Bureau of Prisons tries to place inmates within 500 miles of their home.  That leaves only two prisons within range.

The Bureau of Prisons can only confirm where an inmate is after he or she has arrived at the site.

As Thompson prepares to spend another night in prison, his attorney is focusing on his appeal and is trying to get him out of prison while they move forward with that process.

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