Sex predator denied release

A judge ruled Calvin Mines is not eligible to leave the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

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WALLA WALLA - A Superior Court judge has determined that a sexually violent predator with a criminal history from Walla Walla County cannot be released from lockup at the Special Commitment Center at McNeil Island.

Calvin Mines, 59, has been detained since March 2006 under a civil commitment petition filed by the state Attorney General's Office and a subsequent jury verdict. He will remain locked up as the result of Thursday afternoon's ruling by Judge John Lohrmann following a one-day trial.

Mines recently was diagnosed by his doctor with "probable pancreatic cancer" with "a year or less to live," according to court documents.

Therefore, through his attorney, Robin L. Olson, he petitioned Lohrmann to release him, claiming his physical illness has changed him to the point he no longer meets the criteria of a sex predator.

Lohrmann denied that request.

Read further details in Friday's Union-Bulletin or here online.

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