MOUNT VERNON — The Skagit County Jail has had to get creative with housing Carri Williams.

A jury last month found Williams and her husband, Larry, guilty of manslaughter of their adopted daughter, Hana, and assault of their adopted son. Carri Williams was also convicted of homicide by abuse in Hana’s death; the jury deadlocked on that charge for Larry Williams.

After her conviction Sept. 9, Carri Williams was kept in a holding cell toward the front of the jail typically reserved for inmates who are a danger to themselves or others.

But in Carri Williams’ case, it was to keep her away from other inmates in the regular female pods who might attack her because of the nature of her crimes, chief of corrections Charlie Wend said.

The tiny gray holding cell isn’t a healthy place to keep anyone long-term, Wend said, and the jail needed to free it up for its intended purpose.

The pod for women on work release had room, so Carri Williams joined them, even though she is not on work release herself.

“It was an opportunity to move her into an environment that was more humane,” Wend said. “… I have a responsibility to keep her safe from other people.”

Larry Williams is being held in the Snohomish County Jail in Everett, as he was for almost two years while the case was pending. Both are scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

The trial against the Williams couple dragged on for seven weeks this summer, making it the longest criminal trial Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich said he could recall.

— Reporter Gina Cole: 360-416-2148, gcole@skagitpublishing.com, Twitter: @Gina_SVH, facebook.com/byGinaCole

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