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Governor won't release man who nearly killed Richland officer

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire has blocked the release of an Iowa man convicted of nearly killing a Richland police officer 28 years ago.

Gregoire's office announced Friday that the governor signed the order Thursday night canceling the parole release of Jerry Dean Lain. He had been scheduled for release Monday by order of Washington's Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.

The governor has the authority to overrule the board, but it's unclear when that power was last used.

Former Richland officer Mike Fitzpatrick had asked Gregoire to intervene. He was stabbed seven times and shot in the face and abdomen in 1982. Lain was convicted of assault and has been in prison ever since.

If he had been released, he was to go to Iowa, where he was wanted on violating parole for a stabbing in a bar fight.

"This goes a long way to that preventative measure.  People like Jerry Dean Lain and the people who cause us to have police officer's funerals... So Governor Gregoire... To keep him incarcerated where he can't hurt anyone else, I think is very very responsible," says Captain Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.

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