Darrel Curtis Holm loves being incarcerated at the Monroe Correctional Complex. He loves it so much, in fact, that yesterday he allegedly assaulted a female counselor just so he could get a new felony conviction and keep on living there.
As The Heraldreports, Holm is a 44-year-old convicted robber and resides in the prison's unit for the mentally ill.
The victim, 42, told investigators that the inmate came into the office and asked her for a pen. He then attacked her from behind, placing both arms around her neck, [Monroe Police Department spokeswoman Debbie] Willis said. He held the pen in his left hand.
His attack only lasted about 30 seconds and didn't leave the counselor with any serious injuries.
Still, since this is the same facility where Ofc. Jayme Biendl was strangled to death by an inmate less than three weeks ago, an assault on a female employee (or any employee) is a surefire way to grab headlines.
Holm is apparently saying it's not about headlines, but rather about getting his third strike.
Under Washington law, as in many states, three major felonies can put a person behind bars for life. Holm has two strikes; he'd like three. And he says he'll keep attacking guards until he gets it.
Perhaps they put something especially delicious in the fruit cocktail at the prison.
Then again, maybe it's the host of social programs offered at the MCC, which include (and I quote): Band Practice, Family Fun, Pet Therapy Program, Prison Pet Reading Program, Graphic Arts & Printing education, Multi Media/Visual Communications education, Freehold Theatre Residencies, Purrfect Pals Foster Kittens, and Yoga Behind Bars.