MONROE An inmate serving time for strangling his girlfriend in 2006 is accused of stomping another inmate to death at the Monroe Correctional Complex.
Snohomish County prosecutors charged 35-year-old Benjamin C. Price of Lynden earlier this month with aggravated murder. He’s to be arraigned Aug. 5.
Gordon Powell, a 45-year-old from Centralia, died a week after the May 9 attack.
Price is serving a 12-year term for killing Dawn Ruger in 2006 and burying her body in a shallow grave near Sumas. Ruger, of Skagit County, went missing in December 2006 after leaving for a trip to Baker Lake with Price. Friends filed a missing persons report in February 2007 after she stopped picking up her disability checks.
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Two years later, he confessed to the killing and led police to her body. He claimed Ruger was putting demons in his head.
Price has a long history of mental illness, according to The Daily Herald of Everett.
Price was charged with second-degree murder in Skagit County for Ruger’s death. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter after a long stay at Western State Hospital.
Price was being housed at the Monroe prison’s mental health unit.