Astoria jail failed to hold man who later killed 2 women

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PORTLAND — A man convicted of killing a teenager and a woman in Portland had been released months earlier from the Clatsop County Jail in Astoria because of overcrowding.

District Attorney Josh Marquis told KGW that Mark Beebout was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and faced 14 months in prison. But he was released last May as an overflow inmate and failed to return to court for his sentencing.

In June, he killed a 15-year-old San Diego girl he met at a Portland homeless shelter. The body of Sophia Cruz Rodriguez was found in a a park. In July, Beebout killed a volunteer from the same shelter, 32-year-old Nikayly Powell, who had befriended him.

Beebout pleaded guilty to aggravated murders and was sentenced last week to life in prison.