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March 21, 2014 at 7:22 AM

Death-row inmate wants to give kidney; ailing Ore. man says no

The Associated Press UPDATE, 4:07 p.m. | NEWBERG, Ore. — A man who’s been standing along the state highway through his town with a sign pleading for a kidney donor says he’s not so desperate he’d accept an organ from a man on Oregon’s death row for killing his wife and three children. KGW-TV reports that…

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December 30, 2013 at 11:47 AM

DOC inmate may have been dead in cell for 37 hours

JAMISON JERRY

Jerry Jamison
Courtesy of Washington Department of Corrections

MIKE BAKER
Associated Press

It may have taken prison officers more than 37 hours to discover a Washington state inmate was dead in his cell, despite routine checks, according to records.

An incident summary obtained by The Associated Press under public records laws found no evidence that Jerry Levain Jamison had moved around his cell at Monroe Correctional Complex after he returned from the prison chapel on the night of Sept. 19 and turned off his television.

The next day, an officer placed mail on Jamison’s legs and staff members reported conducting regular inmate counts.

However, it wasn’t until the middle of the day on Sept. 21 that officials determined that Jamison was dead, his body cold and rigid. He died from a heart condition.

Robert Herzog, superintendent of the correctional facility, said Monday it appeared that a unique combination of circumstances had led to Jamison being in the cell for so long.

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December 27, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Regional Justice Center inmate found dead in cell

A 39-year-old inmate at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent was found dead in his cell Thursday. The inmate, whose identity has not been released, was found dead at 6:01 p.m. The man had been booked into the King County Jail in downtown Seattle by Renton police on Dec. 16 for investigation of felony probation violation and…

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April 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Man accused of strangling grandparents pleads not guilty

Michael Chadd Boysen appears for his arraignment hearing at the King County Courthouse on Thursday, in Seattle. (Photo by John Lok /  The Seattle Times)

Michael Chadd Boysen appears for his arraignment hearing Thursday at the King County Courthouse in Seattle. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Michael Chadd Boysen, accused of strangling his grandparents in the Renton home on March 9 — the day after he got out of prison — pleaded not guilty to two counts  of aggravated first-degree murder on Thursday in King County Superior Court.

Boysen, 26, walking with a limp and wearing the white jail uniform reserved for “ultra security” inmates, glanced to the gallery as he was led into court. Several members of his family attended his arraignment, and his mother cried when she saw him. The family declined to speak to the media.

Defense attorney Jim Conroy said his client “would like to extend his condolences to the entire family.”

“We know the family had been through a very traumatic time,” said Conroy, adding that he hopes the family will eventually agree to speak with the defense team. “But we don’t want to make it worse for them.”

If convicted, Boysen faces either life in prison without parole or the death penalty. Conroy, who did not seek bail, said he ”will try to discourage” King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg from seeking the death penalty in the case. The prosecutor has 30 days to decide but will ask a judge to extend the decision deadline.

Conroy said Boysen’s limp is  “related to the circumstances of his arrest” after a 10-hour standoff in a hotel in Lincoln City, Ore.  He declined to elaborate.

Boysen was released from the Monroe Correctional Facility on March 8 after serving nine months of a 16-month sentence for attempted burglary. His grandparents, Robert Taylor, 82, and Norma Taylor, 80, picked him up from prison that morning and spent the day with him running errands. That night, they hosted a welcome-home party celebrating his return.

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December 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Tased inmate dies in Benton County Jail hospital

The Associated Press RICHLAND — A 29-year-old man hospitalized after being stunned with a Taser at the Benton County jail has died. Kevin T. Culp of Spokane, who died Tuesday, was in the jail as a contract inmate for the state Department of Corrections. Benton County Coroner John Hansens said in a statement that an autopsy would…

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November 8, 2012 at 5:50 AM

UPDATE: Inmate escapes from prison at Monroe

UPDATE:  10 a.m. | State Department of Corrections staff are still searching for an inmate who escaped from a minimum security unit at the Monroe Correctional Complex on Wednesday night. Brandon Musto, 37, had three months left to serve on his sentence when he escaped from the Snohomish County prison, corrections officials said. Prison staff reported Musto missing…

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