Jail inmate admits to escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing faces six months to a year in jail after a plea agreement with prosecutors.

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WALLA WALLA -- A County Jail inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to escape from the facility last month, to damaging a cell in the attempt and to an unrelated burglary.

Tonya M. Boffing entered the guilty pleas Friday to second-degree attempted escape, which is a gross misdemeanor, and second-degree malicious mischief and residential burglary, both felonies.

She faces a total standard-range jail term of six months to a year when she is sentenced later. The prosecution is recommending the low end of that range in exchange for her guilty pleas.

Officials said Boffing took the grate off an air return duct in the jail cell Nov. 19 and crawled up inside. She also 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 the burglary in the 1000 block of Waverly Street in Walla Walla on Nov. 14.

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

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