The Associated Press

MCMINNVILLE — A former trucker freed after serving 20 years for killing two Portland prostitutes is back in jail after violating the terms of his release and then pleading guilty to smuggling chewing tobacco into the Yamhill County jail.

Since his release in February, Scott Cox has been living in subsidized, barracks-like housing at the jail in Yamhill County. He was allowed out 12 hours a day, the McMinnville News-Register reported.

But corrections officials have twice found him in violation of the terms of his release, once for driving to the beach on a route longer than had been approved, and then having contact with the children of a girlfriend.

After he was put back into the jail itself on the second violation, surveillance video showed him taking the tobacco out of his shoe, said Deputy District Attorney Meuy Chao.

He pleaded guilty Monday, and Judge Cal Tichenor imposed a 90-day sentence to be served in the county jail.

“I’m trying to get myself together,” said Cox, his court-appointed attorney at his side. “I was going to start school, but I’ve put that off until spring term. I’m trying to work. I can’t find work around here.”

He was placed in Yamhill County, because at the time of his murder convictions, he was on probation supervision for a Yamhill County forgery conviction. Under Oregon law, that made Yamhill his county of record.

He was convicted of fatally stabbing 34-year-old Reena Ann Brunson outside a northeast Portland grocery store in November 1990 and strangling 32-year-old Victoria Rhone at a Portland rail yard in February 1991. At the time of his arrest, police agencies in cities along his routes examined the unsolved deaths of young women who frequented truck stops.

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