Truck driver convicted of two murders released from prison early

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. - A man who spent 20 years in prison for two murders is now living in Yamhill County.

Scott Cox was released from prison Friday for good behavior. In 1993, he was sentenced to 25 years for the murders of two women in Portland.

One victim, Rheena Ann Brunson, was found stabbed to death in front of a Portland grocery store in November 1990. The other, Victoria Rhone, was found strangled in Portland in 1991.

Cox, who was a long-haul truck driver, was not charged in any other killings. At the time of his arrest, police agencies in cities along his routes examined the unsolved deaths of young women who frequented truck stops.

Cox is still spending nights at the Yamhill County Jail as part of his post-prison supervision. He's essentially a free man from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, but he must stay within the county.

Sheriff Jack Crabtree says he's watching Cox's every move.

"He's on a GPS monitor," said Crabtree. "He's a convicted murderer. He's not the first convicted murderer to be released from prison. The concerns people have are normal."

Cox is not allowed near schools, parks, libraries or bars. If he violates those rules, his GPS monitor will alert his parole officer.

Saturday, Cox walked out of the jail and took a stroll through McMinnville, according to the tracking device.

KATU News learned Cox is a person of interest in at least 15 other murders in western states.

When asked if he believes Cox is a dangerous man, Crabtree said "I guess we'll find out."

"I hope the 20 years has done something for him that he'll not be a danger to society," said Crabtree.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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