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Family of brutally slain woman sues for wrongful death

The family a young woman who died at the hands of an abusive ex-boyfriend, who had just served a prison sentence for assaulting and threatening to kill her, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit accusing the Washington State Department of Corrections of negligence and other failures. 

Tricia Patricelli was stabbed more than 20 times in the neck and torso in October 2012 — just two weeks after her ex, Scottye Miller, was released from prison after serving a sentence for assaulting and threatening to kill her.

“Despite Miller’s history, Miller’s community corrections officer ignored Miller’s violations of his conditions of release, made no effort to verify where he was staying, and otherwise did little or nothing to supervise him,” Carney Gillespie Isitt PLLP says in the claim filed against the Department of Corrections, Miller and Miller’s probation officer.

“This gross negligence gave Miller the opportunity to find Ms. Patricelli and complete his long-threatened plan to murder her.”

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