CLALLAM BAY — A Clallam Bay Corrections Center inmate has been convicted of felony assault for throwing urine on a pair of officers through the mail slot of his cell in August 2013.
Terrence Lynn Lavery, 44, was convicted Jan. 31 on two counts of third-degree assault of a law enforcement officer after a two-day jury trial in Clallam County Superior Court.
Court records alleged that Lavery splashed the officers with urine and said: “How you like that piss, punk?”
Lavery is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 22.
The former Seattle resident was serving time for robbery when the assaults occurred in Clallam Bay, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jesse Espinoza said.
Lavery had prior felony convictions for robbery, possession of stolen property, theft, taking motor vehicles without permission and eluding police, Espinoza said.
Lavery faces a standard sentencing range of 51 months to 60 months, Espinoza said in a Wednesday news release.
At trial, Espinoza called to the stand Clallam Bay Corrections Center Officers Stephen Monger and Jacob Martin in regard to the Aug. 19, 2013, assaults.
Monger told Clallam County Sheriff’s Sgt. Edwin Anderson that Lavery had thrown a “fluid substance” at both officers when they were delivering meals to prisoners in the Intensive Management Unit, according to the affidavit for probable cause.
“Officer Monger said that he felt something hit his left arm, shirt and pants,” Anderson wrote.
“Officer Monger said that the fluid wasn’t cold like water and wasn’t yellow but it did smell a little funny.”
Martin corroborated his fellow officer’s account in an Aug. 31 interview with the sheriff’s investigator, adding that he saw movement in Lavery’s cell before the fluid struck his right arm.
Lavery did not testify at trial, according to the minutes. A video of the assaults was shown to the jury, which reached its verdict in less than two hours.
By law, Lavery’s assault sentence will begin only after he completes the robbery sentence, Espinoza said.
Lavery was being held Thursday at the Monroe Correctional Complex northeast of Seattle.
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