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January 15, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Des Moines man sentenced for attack on guard at federal detention center

A 22-year-old Des Moines man was sentenced today to 32 years in prison for the January 2012 assault on a federal corrections officer and for forcing two teenage girls into prostitution.

Sabir Shabazz was one of two inmates who assaulted a corrections officer at the Federal Detention Center at SeaTac with a piece of metal pipe taken from a sink and a prison-made knife. The officer was knocked to the ground and hit several times, fracturing his skull in three places. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the officer, who is not identified by name in court documents, required surgery and could not return to his job.

Sabazz was awaiting trial on charges that he and another man coerced two 13-year-old girls into prostitution, putting the girls’ pictures on the website backpage.com and keeping their earnings.

Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum that “It is hard to imagine a worse set of offenses – an assault calculated at killing a defenseless jail guard and involvement in the commercial sexual exploitation of two 13 year old girls.”

 

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