Walla Walla County Jail inmate charged in escape attempt

Tonya M. Boffing is charged with attempted escaped and also malicious mischief after allegedly damaging a County Jail cell.

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WALLA WALLA -- An inmate who allegedly tried to escape from the County Jail last week has been formally charged in Superior Court.

Tonya M. 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 on Thursday 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.

The new charges against her were filed Friday.

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

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