Former Grant County resident dies in center for sexually violent predators

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MCNEIL ISLAND, Wash. — A former Grant County resident and convicted sexually violent predator died Jan. 3, a day after he suffered a head injury during a fight with another resident at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, state officials said in a press release.

Jerry Spicer, 63, fell and hit his head after an altercation with another resident Wednesday evening in the cafeteria, according to the press release. He was transported to Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and died due to his injuries.

Spicer was detained at the commitment center in 2005 and committed in 2009 after a Grant County court determined he met the criteria of a sexually violent predator, according to the press release. He was initially convicted of first-degree child molestation in 1991, according to state officials.

The Washington State Patrol was notified and later arrested 39-year-old Gregory Coley Jr. Coley was booked into the Pierce County Jail on a charge of felony assault in the second-degree and is being held for another federal agency, according to booking records. The WSP is now handling the ongoing investigation.

Housed on McNeil Island, the Special Commitment Center provides specialized mental health treatment program for civilly committed sexually violent offenders who have completed their prison sentences but have been deemed likely to recommit offenses as a result of a psycho-sexual mental health disorder, according to a press release.

Emry Dinman can be reached via email at edinman@columbiabasinherald.com.

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