Submitted by Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor
This might be a face only a Deputy Prosecutor could love. Reportedly so much that Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Marriya Wright is now facing charges of Rendering Criminal Assistance in the First Degree and having a curious incident where she is alleged to have passed to a jail inmate a picture of herself posing in a bikini.
Convicted felon Matthew Baumrucker described in a letter to KREM News as a “Cinderella Story” of a relationship between a couple from the opposite side of the tracks and the law.
During the time when Matthew was a fugitive from justice, having an outstanding arrest warrant, Spokane Police Detectives allege that Marriya and Matthew exchanged over 1,200 text messages after they pinged his cell phone in an attempt to locate and apprehend him on an arrest warrant for drug possession and for investigation in an assault case.
An unsealed document revealed that during the time that Matthew was wanted, witnesses stated he contacted Marriya asking for help in avoiding arrest. KREM reported security video showed two, who investigators believe is Marriya and Matthew in her red SUV during the time he was wanted by authorities. Records showed she gave Matthew and one of his friends a ride to a trailer in the Spokane Valley during the time he was on the run. Witnesses told detectives they heard Marriya tell Matthew to “take care of his warrants,” but they say Marriya never made an attempt to turn him over to police according to court documents.
Once authorities located and arrested Matthew, Marriya seemed to not be able to resist staying in touch.
Jail staff became suspicious when Marriya visited Matthew ten times within a month. It was highly unusual for a Deputy Prosecutor to visit an inmate this many times. She listed the reason for the visit as “Professional” and staff provided her access to an attorney-client cell where documents could be passed between them.
The tryst culminated with a corrections officer allegedly witnessing Marriya provide Matthew with a photograph of her in a bikini. A search warrant located the photograph.
Marriya is on administrative leave. Her duties with the prosecutor’s office formerly included prosecution of property crimes not public representation of criminal defendants. Reportedly the FBI is also investigating the incident.
This Cinderella story obviously will not have a happy ending.
By Darren Smith
KHQ – Photo Credit
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