Felon Freed To 'Protect Him' From Virus Chokes Random Elderly Woman On Trail

Holly Matkin

“They’re in there for a reason,” Sheriff Snaza told KCPQ.

Everett, WA – A seven-time felon who was released from prison early to protect him from COVID-19 attacked a random woman in her 60s as she was out hiking on a popular trail.

The incident occurred on May 15 while the woman was taking a break from her walk along the Interurban Trail, KCPQ reported.

The unsuspecting woman was sitting on a log when she was suddenly attacked from behind by 33-year-old career criminal Matthew Cory, who began choking her.

The victim said she was able to loosen his grip on her neck just enough to let out a scream, which caused Cory to halt the attack and run away, according to court documents.

He was running through the woods when he was intercepted by police.

The woman positively identified him as the man who attacked her, and he was arrested, KCPQ reported.

According to investigators, Cory said he didn’t recall having attacked or choked the woman because he had been using methamphetamine for two weeks.

He said the last time he slept was approximately seven days earlier.

Cory, who already had seven felony convictions on his record, has been in and out of prison many times, KCPQ reported.

He was serving a prison sentence for unlawful possession of a firearm when the Washington State Department of Corrections opted to release him and approximately 1,000 other inmates early to help protect them from the novel coronavirus.

Cory was required to wear an ankle monitor as a condition of his May 2 release, but he cut it off and absconded just 10 days later, KCPQ reported.

Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza said that Cory’s attack on the woman shouldn’t come as a big surprise, and that law enforcement had warned that incidents like this would occur.

“They’re in there for a reason,” Sheriff Snaza told KCPQ. “They committed a crime, and now because we’re in this crisis, we’re gonna release individuals who want to just want to get out.”

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said that the decisions to release Cory and the other inmates were made by “weighing the risk to incarcerated individuals and public safety.”

“These were extremely difficult choices to make, but they were necessary in order to meet our obligations to allow for minimal social distancing in our more crowded living areas in the prisons,” the governor claimed.

Inslee said that most of the inmates they released had been serving time for “less serious crimes,” and that he and the DOC aren’t at fault for the new offenses some released inmates have committed, KCPQ reported.

“This group was chosen to reduce the risk to public safety, but no choice could be made to guarantee that there would never be a new crime committed,” he said.

According to law enforcement officials, several other inmates who were granted early releases due to COVID-19 have also removed their tracking devices and disappeared, KCPQ reported.

Comments (33)
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ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

What if, and hear me out here, we just stopped giving a shit if violent felons get sick with COVID behind bars?

Blue99
Blue99

We’ll the important thing is he didn’t get Covid, right?

flybynight
flybynight

Really, who cares if these oxygen thief's get sick in jail!!!!

Ghost_00000001
Ghost_00000001

Typical behavior from these deranged zoo animals. Put him down, he’s got problems.

Stepherson
Stepherson

I don't and haven't given a shit if they get it.

Baldgsxr
Baldgsxr

The reason they were released is the prisons or the state didn’t want to incur Covid medical bills.

lolamae
lolamae

Wow Inslee you just let us know the criminal was more important than the safety of the citizens by that remark. Not to mention money invested in monitors that several others have cut up and you don't know where they are now. This was all about saving money and an easy way to release criminals back into society by using covid 19 as the excuse with less backlash from citizens. Not your fault they commit new crimes,? YES it is

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Way to go letting these FELONS out of prison. What the hell did you think they were going to do, play pick up sticks? Whoever released all these FELONS should be charged with aiding and abetting!!!!! It's dead wrong, tell me again WHY WE CARE IF FELONS GET COVID-19?????

Green Lily
Green Lily

He is not the first dangerous felon to attack another person. This is happening in the states that freed all the prisoners to protect them. However, what makes me so angry is if a small business person breaks the law by opening his business , to support his or her family, they can be fined and locked up. So in other words business owners are more dangerous than felons who rape, murder or harm others.

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

I agree with Blue99. I guess the theory is "A dose of Meth a day keeps the COVID away".

DarrellB
DarrellB

Party Leader Inslee and his pack of Communist are following the Rules for Radicals playbook to the paragraph ! ! ! Create a massive amount of civil unrest to CREATE fear. Fear can then be use to justify all sorts of things. Releasing criminals just increases the mayhem, and works to further THEIR GOALS ! ! !
Votes have consequences. Voting Democrat means more shut downs and lock downs of AMERICAN CITIZENS. ! ! !

bryantrent
bryantrent

Life in prison for him

Stanracer
Stanracer

Everyone with a brain knew that nothing good would come of these stupid release policies.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

he's not even 35, and already has a career as a criminal... well, if that's all he's ever going to be in life, then there is no reason not to execute him, for the betterment of society. After all, if he's just going to use the revolving door to get out of jail and go commit more crimes...,

Fall911
Fall911

Just like the movie “Escape from New York” Give the criminals a state secure it from lawful society and let them govern themselves!

XIHP308
XIHP308

Don't you love the way these governors absolve themselves of their stupid decisions. Inslee in Washington, Cumo in NYC.

Buffalosrfree
Buffalosrfree

Riddle this prisoners are let free free people locked in their houses.

Buffalosrfree
Buffalosrfree

Inslee you are directly for any and all crimes by those let out of prison, imo, you have aided and abetted them in their crimes, and you should be arrested and jailed facing prison time with your buddies.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

This is another feral piece of shit that needs to be euthanized!!! Should have just given the inmates masks to wear. If they get sick, oh well. Too bad, karma is a bitch!!
Need to stop coddling these scumbags!! And stop making taxpayers support them. Bring back the 3 strikes penalty. But this time 3 strikes, and you hang in the town square!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is not a good idea for early release it want work

mickey11
mickey11

he didn't remember choking victim but knew he didn't sleep in 7 days, hmmmm

natoj
natoj

I am so tired of one lame excuse after another on letting these thugs go free. If they get sick who cares put them all in one cage and be done with it.


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