By Polly Keary, Editor
A man on the verge of release from prison will likely not get out anytime soon after allegedly attacking an officer during a religious service in the minimum security part of the prison Wednesday.
Allen Pavese, 59, who has served three-and-a-half years of a five-and-a-half year sentence for a 2008 bank robbery in Grant County, is accused of striking the officer, 56, in the face as the officer opened the door leading into a religious service in the minimum security part of the prison.
The officer, who then fell and struck his head, was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released.
Pavese is currently in segregation at the prison as the Snohomish County Prosecutor considers charges.
The offender was actually more than a month past his release date at the time of the assault, said prison information officer Susan Biller.
“His approved release date was April 15, but without an approved release plan you can’t get out,” she said, noting that he had no record of serious infractions. “I don’t know what the issue was with his plan.”