Union-Bulletin Court Report

A former Washington State Penitentiary inmate was charged last week for allegedly assaulting a fellow prisoner with a pen in 2017.

Larry W. Clark, 46, now a Monroe Correctional Complex inmate, was charged with second-degree

assault after he allegedly entered inmate Ronald Chenette’s cell and struck him on the head with the pen on Sept. 7, 2017, records stated.

Clark is serving a sentence from 2006 of 30 years in prison for fatally beating and stabbing a man in 2005 in Poulsbo, according to previous news reports. He also was convicted of rape in 1994.

In the penitentiary assault, surveillance video footage showed Clark entering the cell and another inmate, walking toward his cell and waving to get officers’ attentions, records stated. Clark then left the cell, washed his hands and complied with being handcuffed. Officers found a pen with blood on its tip near the sink Clark had used, records stated.

Chenette was found with scratches and abrasions on his neck, eye, forehead, chin, and knee areas. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. A CT scan showed he also sustained an orbital floor fracture, records stated.

Clark was summoned to appear in the Walla Walla County Courthouse on July 29.

Emily Thornton can be reached at emilythornton@wwub.com or 509-526-8325.

Emily Thornton covers courts and emergency services, as well as other various stories. She has been in the newspaper industry off and on since roughly 1999 and lived primarily on the West Coast, but also Florida and Europe.

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