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October 21, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Felon sentenced to 28 years for attack on guard at SeaTac detention center

A federal felon who participated in a brutal attack on a corrections officer at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac was sentenced today to 28 years in prison

Roy Fritts, 35 , is already serving a life without parole sentence in Wyoming for an attempted murder conviction.  U.S. District Judge James L. Robart today ordered that the 28-year sentence be served consecutive to the life sentence in Wyoming, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Fritts and fellow inmate Sabir Shabazz were charged with conspiracy to murder a federal officer and assault in connection with the January 2012 attack.

Shabazz, who was facing sex-trafficking charges, is accused of hitting the officer with a pipe unscrewed from the sink in his cell. Prosecutors say Fritts stood over the officer armed with a shank. Other inmates intervened in the attack, likely saving the officer’s life.

The corrections officer suffered a fractured skull.

Fitts and Shabazz claimed the attack was an escape attempt, but video of the assault shows it was just a brutal attack, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

On July 10, a jury convicted Fritts of one count of conspiracy to assault a federal officer and three counts of assault of a federal officer with a dangerous weapon.

Fritts had been sent to the detention center for a mental evaluation following a crime spree across five Western states.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says he had absconded from parole in Oregon, stole a truck in Nebraska, shot and attempted to kill the driver who had given him a ride in Wyoming, carjacked a car in Utah and tried unsuccessfully to carjack a second vehicle.

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