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Counselor Assaulted By Offender At Monroe Correctional Complex

MONROE, Wash. -  An offender at Monroe Correctional Complex was placed in segregation Wednesday after he held a counselor against a wall in the Special Offender Unit. The counselor was not injured.

At about 12:45 p.m. today an offender, Darrel Curtis Holm, approached the counselor and held her against her will while talking to her. A correctional officer in the unit responded in less than 30 seconds.

The responding staff members had to use minimal force to free the counselor and restrain Holm. Holm, 44, told the counselor that he wanted to be convicted of a new felony because he does not want to be released from prison on his maximum-release date in December. He has been in prison since 2003 for burglary convictions in King County.

The Special Offender Unit is one of five living units at Monroe Correctional Complex. The Washington State Reformatory has been on full lockdown since Jan. 29 when Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was found dead inside the chapel at the Reformatory.

The other four living units, including the Special Offender Unit, have been on a modified lockdown which means offenders are allowed to spend limited time outside their cells.

"The unfortunate reality is that our staff members are assaulted by offenders, many of whom have violent histories," Secretary Eldon Vail said.

"The tragic loss of Officer Biendl has made the public more aware of the dangerous, difficult work our staff members do each day in prisons across the state."

Superintendent Scott Frakes placed the Special Offender Unit on a full lockdown while police conduct an investigation.

Holm will face a DOC infraction hearing in addition to any possible criminal charges he might receive.

Monroe Correctional Complex, which houses more than 2,500 offenders, is the state's largest prison.

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