From the February 2006 Idaho Observer:

Rex is out!

by Don Harkins

Rex Prewitt was granted parole last August and finally released January 25, 2006, after spending seven years in prison. Prewitt was asleep on his couch the evening of January 25, 1999, when he was awakened by his dogs. Upon opening the door to see what they were barking at, he was blinded by a flashlight, hit in the face with pepper spray and shot in the hand and shoulder.

He was convicted of assaulting a police officer and sentenced to serve 7-10. He was never found guilty of the vandalism committed earlier that evening in downtown Sandpoint, Idaho, suspicion of which was the alleged cause for (former) Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies Eric Skinner and Bill Tillson to drive all the way out to his remote home near Dover after 10 p.m.

Though I was present at the parole hearing and testified on Prewitt’s behalf, we chose not to mention the granted parole until he was actually released. We decided it best to keep the news quiet to minimize the likelihood that Bonner county would do something to reverse the decision.

Recalling the moment when the parole board, to everyone’s shock and amazement, granted parole in Prewitt’s case, I would just like to say I am not ashamed to admit that myself and eight people present were moved to tears.

Prewitt has paroled in Washington State and is currently working on putting his life and family back together. He is also going forward with post-conviction relief and is very close to being awarded a settlement for the medical neglect he suffered while in Bonner County Jail recovering from the serious wounds he received that cold winter night over seven years ago.

While imprisoned, Prewitt had an exemplary prison record, became supervisor on the fire crew and was appreciated by his fellow prisoners as the "chef" of his minimum-security institution in Orofino, Idaho. Also while imprisoned, Prewitt put together a brilliant case in his defense.

We expect to be reporting some positive developments in the months to come as Prewitt begins the endgame strategies of his post-conviction relief efforts.

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