Three years after someone tried to torch the home that had belonged to slain Monroe Correctional Complex officer Jayme Biendl, a man has been arrested for the crime.
Biendl’s family was preparing the Arlington home for sale in July of 2011, after Biendl had been killed by an inmate six months earlier in a sneak attack that left the corrections community in shock and led to changes in policy at the Department of Corrections.
Biendl’s family members had painted the interior and left for the night. The following day, they returned to find a door had been damaged. Window screens had also been removed, a window was broken, chemicals had been dumped in the bathroom, the toilet was plugged up and the heat had been turned to the highest setting.
An officer was able to lift fingerprints, but no match was found in the state database, and the fingerprints were moved to the cold case file.
In April, police got a break. A routine search of impressions had led to a match. A man named Caleb Jessey had been fingerprinted on another charge and the computer system had linked it to the cold case.
The Biendl family didn’t recognize the man’s name.
But when police contacted the man, according to police documents, he said it sounded like the sort of thing he might have done, although he said he didn’t recollect the specific incident.
He said he’d had a drinking problem since his early teens, and that he might have done the crime on a blackout.He also said he didn’t know the Biendl family but had heard of the case of her death, and said he was sorry he’d damaged her home.
He said he wanted help with his alcoholism.
Jessey, who lives in Marysville, will be 20 in September.