Convicted Killer Moved to Different Jail
The Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center has transferred Rios, possibly to a prison in St. Cloud, Minn. They said it's common to move a former police officer for safety reasons.
"We've been trying to determine the best place for him to go in consideration for him filling out his sentence," explained Wanda Sweeney of the Department of Corrections, "as well as the concern for his safety, of being housed with other inmates who may know that he is a police officer."
Officials say prisons often transfer former police officers out of their home states. Moving an inmate can take a few days, so Rios' new location won't be revealed until he's there.
A jury convicted Rios of killing MU student Jesse Valencia, 23, in 2004, and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole. Prosecutors said Rios killed Valencia because the student threated to reveal their affair to the police department.
Authorities transferred Rios to the Fulton facility before his trial after he escaped from custody in Columbia, climbed to the roof of a nearby campus parking garage, and threatened to jump.