Correctional Officer Jayme Lee Biendl Washington State Department of Corrections Washington End of Watch: Saturday, January 29, 2011

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Correctional Officer Jayme Lee Biendl
Washington State Department of Corrections

End of Watch: Saturday, January 29, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 34
Tour of Duty: 8 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: In custody

Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl was assaulted and killed in the Monroe Correctional Facility’s chapel.
An inmate was discovered missing during a routine headcount shortly after 9:00 pm. The inmate was located three minutes later in the prison chapel’s lobby and informed the officers that he had planned to escape.
After an equipment inventory was completed it was discovered that a set of keys and radio were missing. Other officers were dispatched to Officer Biendl’s assigned duty post and found her unresponsive. CPR was initiated but she was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics a short time later.
Officer Biendl had served with the Washington State Department of Corrections for eight years.

Agency Contact Information
Washington State Department of Corrections
PO Box 41100
Mail Stop 41100
Olympia, WA 98504
Phone: (360) 725-8213
Please contact the Washington State Department of Corrections for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Washington State Department of Corrections

Correctional Officer Found at Monroe Correctional Complex
MONROE – A correctional officer was found dead late Saturday night at Monroe Correctional Complex. An offender who was found earlier was taken to a segregation unit while Monroe police officers investigate.
The officer, Jayme Biendl, 34, had been with the Department of Corrections since 2002. She was Monroe’s Officer of the Year in 2008.

“She was active, loved horses and just was beloved by her co-workers at the facility,” Thompson said. “Obviously being officer of the year, this was her career. She took her job really seriously, and she did it really well.”

At about 9:14 p.m. the staff conducted a routine count of offenders inside the Washington State Reformatory Unit and discovered that an offender was missing. The offender was found three minutes later in chapel lobby and told officers he had planned to escape.
An hour later staff members completed an inventory of equipment and discovered that a correctional officer’s keys and radio were missing. Staff members immediately went to where she worked and found her unresponsive. The staff conducted CPR and called 911. Emergency responders declared the officer dead at the scene at 10:49 p.m.
Monroe Correctional Complex will be on a lockdown Sunday as local law enforcement continue to investigate.

Officer Biendl was murdered by an inmate in the prison chapel.  She had complained several times to her supervisor about feeling unsafe working alone with no backup in the chapel.

Teamsters Local 117 grieves the senseless murder of Jayme Biendl.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to her loved ones.  This is what we’ve all feared would happen, and now it has.

Correctional Officers across the State have been speaking out for months against budget cuts that have reduced the size of the staff and programming at prison facilities and put the lives of Correctional Empoyees at risk.

Her alleged attacker was identified as Byron E. Scherf, a convicted repeat sex offender who was convicted in 1993 for kidnapping and raping a Pierce County woman at knifepoint, then setting her on fire with gasoline. He also was convicted of rape and assault in two other cases.

A spokesman for the Monroe Police Department said the cause of Biendl’s death was stab wounds. Biendl was fully clothed when found, and there is no evidence of sexual assault.

Scherf, a three-strikes offender, is serving a life sentence at Monroe and was being housed in a medium-security unit at the Monroe complex, which has five units with varying security levels. He has now been isolated in a segregation unit, Lewis said.

Though the suspect in Biendl’s slaying entered the prison system as a high-security prisoner, known as a “close-custody offender,” he was reviewed in 2009 and determined to qualify to stay in the medium-security reformatory unit , Frakes said.

Court records show that Scherf was first convicted of second-degree assault in 1978 and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was paroled two years later.

While on parole Scherf kidnapped a young waitress and brought her to an abandoned house where he bound and raped her. He then poured gasoline over the waitress, lit it, and left. The waitress survived by wriggling, still bound, through a second-story window.

Scherf was convicted of the rape and sentenced to life in prison, but was patroled again on Dec. 30, 1993.

During his second parole, he lured a female real estate agent to a remote home by posing as a potential buyer, then kidnapped and raped her. He again was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and is now serving that sentence at Monroe.

The victim in that attack later sued the state, alleging that Scherf should never have been released on parole and was inadequately supervised after he was paroled. She lost the case after appealing all the way to the state Supreme Court.

About 800 to 900 inmates are housed at the Monroe facility.


9 Responses to “Correctional Officer Jayme Lee Biendl Washington State Department of Corrections Washington End of Watch: Saturday, January 29, 2011”

  1. 1 Daniel Kirk January 30, 2011 at 18:54

    We will miss you dearly Officer Biendl.

    Rest in peace.

    • 2 Beverly Schrader January 30, 2011 at 23:17

      This inmate gets paroled not once, but twice, the last after pouring gasoline on his victim? He should have never seen the light of day after the first offense. And now, as a result of this, an innocent officer is gone?
      Why is it that this country bends over backwards to protect, not the innocent, but the criminal?
      The last couple of weeks officers are fair game for these nuts. It has to end somewhere.
      To all you fellow officers, I am truly sorry.

      • 3 themunz January 31, 2011 at 00:26

        Good point.

        Sadly an innocent woman doing her job had to lose her life to put this one guy away.
        Next week they will allow another criminal an early release because of over crowding, budget cuts and politics as usual.

  2. 4 themunz January 30, 2011 at 19:45

    The saddest thing about all of this is that the poor woman knew and loved her job. According to reports she said that she had reservations about working alone in the area she was murdered in.

    I hope that her sacrifice is not for nothing.
    My condolences go to the family, friends and those who knew her.

    The Munz

  3. 5 Just a WA Correctional Officer January 30, 2011 at 21:34

    Being a Correctional Officer nowadays is becoming more difficult. The public, the state and worthless politicians treat a C/O like canon fodder. An inmate gets assaulted in prison, later sues the state and gets millions…an officer gets killed, oh well who cares. We’ll just keep cutting, and reducing the staffing model. Last murdered officer/Sgt. was killed in Walla Walla in the 70’s. So this is just the begining for us DOC Officers, we have to remain proffesional and pretend like nothing happened and that a rapist and scum of the earth took away one of us.

    • 6 themunz January 30, 2011 at 22:38

      I am very sorry for every loss that we suffer as a family.
      I have been to far too many funerals for my brothers and sisters on the job.

      If I never hear of another, I will still have a very empty spot in my heart for those I have known and lost.

  4. 7 Paul Waszkiewicz Yorkville N. Y. January 30, 2011 at 23:16

    May her dear soul Rest In Peace.May God give her dear loved ones peace and strenght at this sad time.This should NOT have happened.A female officer alone. Who is responsible for this horrific tragety ? I’m sure there is enough blame to go around ! I have family in law inforcement and you live in constant fear every time you hear that there has been an officer down.In my opinion I think that the saleries should be reversed. The politicians and most of law enforcement officers swap paychecks.Our officers put their lives on the line every time they leave their homes and families,not knowing if they will see them again. thats total loyality and committment ,while the others sit in their soft leather chairs daily safe. It’s so wrong. Yet budgets are cut for our dedicated officers even thought safety is a great concern. Wake up Government !!!! One dead officer is one to many!!!I’m sorry to ramble on but there has to be a change soon!!! God bless All our Law Enforcement Officials who try to do the best job they can without the total support of our leaders in charge. Thank You All !!

    • 8 themunz January 31, 2011 at 00:22

      Start Local Paul. Tell your legislators, County Executives, City/Town?village boards enough is enough. Support the people who protect the people. Tell the State Assembly and Senate.
      They barter with unions, make deals and take advantage of Officers who do the job because they are cut of that mold to do so.
      Not a lot of people can get locked up with dangerous inmates everyday as part of their lively hood and do well. It takes a special kind of person.
      Much as it does a Street cop who puts a vest on every day because they run the risk of combat on the streets every day they work.

      maybe the politicians need to start working side by side with the officers before they think about cutting positions or declining salary increases to cops and corrections officers that sometimes need to work two jobs just to survive.

  5. 9 Rob February 7, 2011 at 18:32

    Sorry for the loss Of a Sister in arms. From BC Canada

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