Man held at facility for sexually violent predators dies after fight with inmate

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington state officials say a sexually violent predator being held at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island died after suffering a head injury during a fight with another resident.

Chris Wright with the Department of Social and Health Services said Friday that 63-year-old Jerry Spicer suffered a head injury during the fight on Thursday in the facility’s cafeteria.

Spicer was taken to the Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McCord and later died of his injuries.

Spicer had been sent to the facility in 2005 after a Grant County court determined he met the criteria of being a sexually violent predator.

The other man involved in the fight, Gregory Coley Jr., was later arrested and taken to the Pierce County Jail.

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