In the hours and days after Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl was found strangled to death at the Monroe Correctional Complex, a lot of officers were interviewed about where they were and what they did beforehand.
It turned out that several of those officers either lied about their actions or incompetently performed them.
Now those officers are either without jobs, demoted, or given stern warnings that leave little room for further transgressions.
Superintendent Scott Frakes made the announcement on Tuesday, sending out the following info on each of the officers who were disciplined.
--A lieutenant received a letter of reprimand for failing to notify and account for staff members during the missing-offender emergency. He was also reverted back to his sergeant position after a review of his performance.
--A lieutenant received a letter of reprimand for inaccurately documenting that staff members and visitors were accounted for.
--A correctional officer received a letter of reprimand for failing to complete a search of the Program and Activity Building at the Washington State Reformatory.
--A sergeant was demoted for failing to take action after he became aware that a correctional officer was regularly outside his assigned zone.
--A correctional officer was terminated for being outside his zone during offender movement on Jan. 29 and providing conflicting statements to DOC and police investigators.
--A correctional officer was terminated for falsifying a logbook indicating that the chapel was cleared on the night of the murder for providing inconsistent answers to DOC and police investigators.
--A correctional officer was terminated for failing to properly inspect and secure the chapel when offender Byron Scherf was located, for falsely reporting that he had inspected and secured the chapel, and for lying to DOC and police investigators.
Jayme Biendl was murdered by inmate Byron Scherf while working alone in the prison's chapel. It took more than an hour before fellow officers found her body.
The Monroe prison is refusing so far to name the officers who were disciplined.