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Washington may release man who nearly killed cop

Gov. Chris Gregoire is deciding whether to block the release of a man convicted of nearly killing a Richland police officer 28 years ago.

The Tri-City Herald reports Jerry Dean Lain is scheduled for release Monday by order of Washington's Indeterminate Sentence Review Board.

The governor apparently has the authority to overrule the board, but the power hasn't been used in 30 years.

Former Richland officer Mike Fitzpatrick asked the governor 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 Lain is released he is supposed to go to Iowa where he was wanted on violating parole for a stabbing in a bar fight.

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