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Washington state rescinds release plan for Steve Powell

Published October 15, 2013 4:28 pm

Washington • Landlord withdraws offer to house Powell.
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The father-in-law of a missing Utah mom will not be getting out of prison in early November, after all.

The Washington Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that it has rescinded a release plan for Steve Powell after a Tacoma property owner withdrew a housing offer. Powell was set to be released on Nov. 4.

Norah West, department spokeswoman, said the landlord withdrew the offer because of concerns for Powell, other tenants and the neighborhood after the address of the property was publicized.

It is the second time that a possible release date for Powell, 63, has been derailed. An early release in the works for May was revoked because of concerns about where Powell would live and his work plans.

The department said Powell, who is housed at the Monroe Correctional Complex, may submit a new plan for review. Once the department approves the plan, a 35-day wait period begins during which authorities notify victims and other law enforcement agencies of the proposal.

It must include a safety plan for victims, a suitable address and treatment and work plans. If Powell is not able to come up with a plan that meets department approval, he will remain in prison until his sentence is completed in March 2014.

Powell, father-in-law of Susan Cox Powell, is serving up to 30 months after being convicted in June 2012 of 14 counts of voyeurism for taking surreptitious photographs of girls in his Puyallup neighborhood.

Susan Cox Powell, 28, disappeared from her home in West Valley City in December 2009. Her husband Josh, Steve Powell's son, killed himself and their two young boys in February 2012.

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