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.