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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

May 22, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Inmate given death sentence for murdering guard

Judicial system is too slow
Lisa Hamm, sister of slain Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, reacts after a Snohomish County jury recommended the death penalty for Biendl's killer, Byron Scherf. At left is Biendl's father, James Hamm. Lisa's husband, Paul Crosby, is at right, and Biendl's brother James. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Lisa Hamm, sister of slain Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl, reacts after a Snohomish County jury recommended the death penalty for Biendl’s killer, Byron Scherf. At left is Biendl’s father, James Hamm. Lisa’s husband, Paul Crosby, is at right, and Biendl’s brother James. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

The person who killed the guard at the Washington State Reformatory was sentenced the other day — a little over two years after he committed the crime — but yet the two individuals from Carnation who wiped out an entire family five years ago are still awaiting trial at taxpayers’ expense [“State prison inmate sentenced to death in murder of guard,” NWThursday, May 16].

Would someone please tell me why this has taken so long? After all, the two individuals admitted to committing the crime. When someone says they committed a crime, it shouldn’t take five years and millions of dollars to put it to rest. To me, there is something wrong with the judicial system in this case.
Gary Todd, Duvall

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