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Originally published Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 12:52 PM

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Inmates indicted in attack on federal prison guard

Two inmates at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac have been indicted in a metal-pipe attack that left a corrections officer with severe skull fractures.

The Associated Press

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SEATTLE —

Two inmates at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac have been indicted in a metal-pipe attack that left a corrections officer with severe skull fractures.

Sabir Shabazz and Roy Fritts are charged with conspiracy to murder a federal officer and assault in the indictment returned Wednesday in U.S. District Court. They could face up to life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Miyake (mee-YAH'-kee) says its not clear why the pair targeted the officer in the Jan. 3 attack. According to the indictment, they had been planning it since early December.

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 was serving time for carjacking, and he stood over the officer armed with a shank.

Miyake says the officer underwent surgery for skull fractures and still has not returned to work.

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