Inmate who killed Wash. guard sentenced to death

Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Roe displays a large aerial photograph of the Washington state Reformatory facilities where the alleged murder of Monroe corrections officer Jayme Biendl occurred in January 2011, during opening statements Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Everett, Wash. Byron Scherf, a convicted rapist, is accused of strangling Biendl to death with an amplifier cord in the at the prison's chapel. The charges could carry the death penalty if he's convicted. (AP Photo/The Herald, Dan Bates)

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state judge has sentenced an inmate to death for killing a state corrections officer in a prison chapel two years ago.

Byron Scherf is a convicted rapist who already was serving life in prison when he attacked officer Jayme Biendl and strangled her with an amplifier cord at the Washington State Reformatory in January 2011.

A Snohomish County Superior Court jury took about an hour to convict him of aggravated murder last Thursday, and the same jury on Wednesday morning recommended the death penalty.

The judge formally imposed the sentence Wednesday afternoon.


Information from: The Daily Herald,


Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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