State settles with parents of slain prison officer
MONROE, Wash. (AP) - The state Attorney General's office reports the state has settled a lawsuit with the parents of slain Monroe corrections officer Jayme Biendl.
The Daily Herald reports the lawsuit was dismissed earlier this week after the state agreed to pay Biendl's parents $900,000.
The 34-year-old prison office was strangled by an inmate while at her post in the prison chapel in the Washington State Reformatory.
Repeat rapist Byron Scherf confessed to ambushing Biendl at the end of her shift. A Snohomish County jury last year sentenced Scherf to die for the slaying. He already was serving a life sentence for violent attacks against women.
Biendl's siblings said in a statement that no amount of money can bring their sister back or replace the loss to their family.