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FIRST ON KHQ: Female Corrections Officer Killed At Monroe Correctional Complex; WARNING: Graphic Material

KIROTV.COM - A female correctional officer at the state prison in Monroe was killed by an inmate on Saturday night. The slain officer has been identified as 34-year-old Jayme Lee Biendl, an 8-year veteran of the facility. According to a release from the Washington State Department of Corrections, the staff conducted a routine count of offenders Saturday after 9 p.m. and noticed that one offender was missing.

He was found three minutes later in the chapel lobby and told officers he planned to escape. An hour later staff members noticed that a correctional officer's keys and radio were missing. Soon after they found Biendl unresponsive and were unable to revive her using CPR.

Emergency responders declared her dead at the scene at 10:49 p.m., according to the release.

Following the death, the prison went into lock-down. The suspected offender was placed in a segregation unit.

>>>The inmate accused of killing Biendl is 52-year-old Byron E. Scherf.

He has a long history of convictions, having served time in the prison system in the 1970's and 80's for an array of crimes.

His last conviction was for first-degree rape, assault and kidnapping in 1997 in Spokane. As a three-strikes inmate he is serving life without parole. His convictions were out of Pierce and Spokane County. The Monroe Police Department is investigating the case.

Governor Chris Gregoire issued a statement Sunday morning regarding the killing."It is with a heavy heart that I offer my condolences to the family and friends of Officer Jayme Biendl," the statement read. "I am truly saddened by her senseless murder.

This young woman was devoted to an agency that works around the clock to ensure our communities are safe, which makes her death all the more tragic. I ask all Washingtonians to join me in keeping her loved ones in our thoughts and prayers."

Below is a statement from Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon regarding the incident:

"I have been in touch with DOC staff regarding the terrible tragedy that has occurred at Washington State's Monroe Correctional Center. I want to express my sincere condolences for the loss of Officer Jayme Biendl.

My thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends and colleagues. I have also spoken with other MCC officers and their families to express my sincere condolences and to offer any and all support necessary.

"This tragedy is an offense to all who work to keep this community safe and to all who call Snohomish County home. Snohomish County Government stands ready to assist the State of Washington and the Monroe Police Department during this challenging period."Correctional officers play an invaluable role in maintaining public safety.

Each and every minute of their work day puts them in harm's way for the protection of our community. They are an integral piece of our law and justice system and their security must be a top priority."

HISTORY OF THE SUSPECT

Washington Department of Corrections

Offender Information:

Name: BYRON E SCHERF

Names Associated with Subject: BRYON EUGENE SCHERF

Address: DOC Number: 287281

Party Status: INMATE

DOB: 08/xx/1958

Race: WHITE

Height: 6' 00"         

Eyes: BLUE

 Offenses:

Case Number: 53199

Offense Date: 

Offense: PAROLE VIOLATION

Count:

Convicted County: PIERCE

Sentence Date: 07/17/1978

Adjudication Withheld: 

Sentence: Min: 2 Y Max: 7 Y 1 M 4 D

Case Number: 59474

Offense Date: 

Offense: PAROLE VIOLATION

Count:

Convicted County: PIERCE

Sentence Date: 05/07/1981

Adjudication Withheld: 

Sentence: Min: 15 Y Max: LIFE

Case Number: 951022422

Offense Date:  Offense: UNLAWFUL POSS-FIREARM 1

Count:

Convicted County: SPOKANE

Sentence Date: 05/09/1997

Adjudication Withheld: 

Sentence: Min: 2 Y 10 M Max: 2 Y 10 M

Case Number: 951022422

Offense Date: 

Offense: KIDNAP 1 NOT REG

Count: Convicted County: SPOKANE

Sentence Date: 05/09/1997

Adjudication Withheld: 

Sentence: Min: LIFE WO PAROLE

Max: LIFE WO PAROLE

Case Number: 951022422

Offense Date: 

Offense: RAPE 1

Count:

Convicted County: SPOKANE

Sentence Date: 05/09/1997

Adjudication Withheld: 

Sentence: Min: LIFE WO PAROLE Max: LIFE WO PAROLE

Parole/Probations:

 [NONE FOUND]

Prison Inmate Records:

Latest Admission

Date:  Sentence:  Scheduled Release Date: 08/24/2187 Custody Type:  Last Gain Time: Status: INMATE Prison Location: MCC-WA. STATE REFORMATORY Last Custody Type Change:  Last Gain Time Granted:

 From court documents out of Spokane:

Barbara Bell worked as a real estate agent in the Spokane area.  In early

October 1995 she received a phone call from Byron Scherf about a home she

had listed in Homes Magazine.  The house was in a remote location between

Spangle and Cheney.  Bell and Scherf agreed to meet the following day at

the house.  Although Scherf stated his wife would accompany him, Bell found

Scherf waiting for her alone when she arrived at the house.  While Bell

showed Scherf the master bedroom, he suddenly attacked her.  Scherf grabbed

Bell by the throat, choked her, and fell on top of her.  Bell started

screaming, but stopped when Scherf told her he would snap her neck if she

continued.  Scherf told Bell he had killed several women before and would

not hesitate to kill her as well.  Scherf grabbed Bell by the neck and took

her to the kitchen, where he picked up a butcher knife.  With the knife

pressed against Bell's ribs, Scherf took her by the neck to the trunk of

his car and made her get in.  Scherf drove out into the woods, brought Bell

out of the trunk, and raped her.  Afterward, Scherf again threatened to

kill Bell, but she managed to convince Scherf to release her without

further harm by promising she would not report him to the police.  Scherf

took Bell back to the prospect house, where he set her free.

What Bell could not know when she agreed to meet Scherf at the remotely

located house was that he was a two-time felon on parole for kidnapping,

raping, and setting another woman on fire.  In the late 70s Scherf was

convicted of second degree assault and served 2 years of a 10 year prison

term.  He was paroled in the spring of 1980.  While on parole Scherf

kidnapped a young waitress and brought her to an abandoned house where he

bound and raped her.  Scherf then poured gasoline over the waitress, lit

it, and left.  The waitress survived by wriggling, still bound, through a

second-story window.  Her fall was broken by a veranda porch, after which

she managed to free herself and call for help.  It was for this conviction

Scherf was on parole when he attacked Bell.

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