A prison inmate suspected of strangling a corrections officer at the Monroe Correctional Complex over the weekend has a history of attacking women in Pierce County.
A staff psychiatrist at Western State Hospital who examined Byron Scherf 30 years ago predicted that no amount of treatment or incarceration would curb Scherf’s propensity for violence.
“ I feel that even after treatment for his rape tendencies, he would still be of strong enough antisocial personality that he would continue to break the law,” staff psychiatrist Donald F. Allison wrote in a 1981 report to a Pierce County judge.
Monroe police have named Scherf the “primary suspect” in the death of Jayme Biendl, 34.
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The 52-year-old inmate is serving a life prison sentence without the possibility of release under the “three strikes, you’re out” law.
He accumulated two of his strikes in Pierce County, according to court records, the first in 1978 when he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault after attacking a 16-year-old girl with a knife. He served two years of a 10-year sentence at the Monroe prison and was released in 1980.
Less than a year later, prosecutors charged him with kidnapping, rape, robbery and assault after he abducted a young Pierce County waitress at knifepoint, bound her, raped her, and then doused the room she was in with gasoline and set it on fire, according to court records.
He served about 12 years in prison before being paroled.