Trial date set for Walla Walla County Jail inmate charged with escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing also faces a malicious mischief charge for allegedly damaging a cell.

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WALLA WALLA -- A County Jail inmate who allegedly tried to escape last month pleaded innocent Monday to felony charges.

Tonya M. Boffing is scheduled for trial Jan. 19 in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Boffing is accused of first-degree attempted escape and first-degree malicious mischief.

Officials said she took the grate off an air return duct in a cell Nov. 19 and crawled up inside. She also allegedly had torn down blinds from the cell window and tried to break the window.

Another inmate reportedly alerted a jail sergeant about 5 p.m. and Boffing was located inside the ductwork.

The cell was taken out of service because of the damage.

Boffing, 18, of 1317 S. Main St., Milton-Freewater, initially was jailed in connection with a burglary and theft in Walla Walla on Nov. 14.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319

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