Local officials oppose parole for man who attacked Richland cop

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- In the wake of a decision by the state parole board, local officials are calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to revoke parole for a man convicted of a brutal attack on a Richland police officer.

Police chiefs from Richland, West Richland and Kennewick, along with Benton County's prosecuting attorney and the sheriffs of Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla Counties, have signed letters to the governor asking him to overturn the ruling that made Jerry Lain eligible for parole.

In the 1980s, Lain was convicted of stabbing Mike Fitzpatrick repeatedly, then shooting the officer repeatedly with his own service pistol.

Inslee's office sent a statement to KEPR last week saying the governor is reviewing Lain's case very carefully.

The three letters from local officials to Inslee are available below:

From Benton County officials

From Franklin County Sheriff Richard Lathim

From Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner