Corrections officer's killer moved to Walla Walla


EVERETT, Wash. — 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 said 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 on 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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