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Man Who Beat Prison Guard Sentenced to 32 Years in Prison

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A 22-year-old Des Moines, Washington man will spend 32 years in prison for attacking a guard last year at a federal penitentiary with a pipe during an alleged escape attempt, the U.S. Department of Justice officials stated.

Authorities, however, said the video shows that the beating was just a brutal attack by Sabir Shabazz against the guard.

Shabazz was sentenced this week in federal court.

Other inmates intervened in the assault, likely saving the guard's life, according to federal authorities.

Shabazz was in federal custody for sex trafficking two 13-year-old girls when he and another inmate beat the guard, say officials.

 "This brutal assault on a prison guard rightfully earned this defendant a lengthy term behind bars," said U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan. "He preyed on vulnerable 1 3-y ear-old girls while in the streets and viciously attacked one of the people we trust to keep our prisons and communities safe and secure. This conduct will not be tolerated."

The guard suffered significant head wounds, which were nearly fatal, authorities stated.

More Than Two Dozen Accused of Bid Rigging at Public Foreclosures

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WASHINGTON - A Northern California real estate investor who conspired with others not to bid against one another but to designate a winner bidder to get selected property at public foreclosures agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and mail fraud charges, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

After an investigation, 25 people including Danli Liu who agreed or have pleaded guilty for their roles in bid rigging process, say federal authorities.

Private auctions often took place at or near the courthouse steps where the public actions were held, say officials.

The public real estate foreclosure auctions in Alameda County began as early as April 2009 and continuing until about March 2010, according to federal officials.

Anyone with information about bid rigging or fraud related to public real estate foreclosure auctions should contact the Antitrust Division's San Francisco Office at 415-436-6660.


In Other Courthouses Across the Nation This Week

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In Alexandria, Virginia, 47-year-old John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer, was indicted for disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert officer and information revealing the role of another CIA employee involved in classified activities, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
In another federal courthouse in El Paso, a Juarez drug cartel leader in Juarez and Chihuahua, was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in drug trafficking and acts of violence with the Barrio Azteca prison gang.
Jose Antonio Acosta-Hernandez, 34, also pleaded guilty to seven murders including the triple homicide in Juarez of U.S. Consulate employee Leslie Enriquez, her husband Arthur Redelfs and Jorge Salcido, the husband of another U.S. Consulate employee.
In Baltimore, Antonio Martinez, also known as Muhammed Hussain, 22, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by a federal judge for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction against an armed forces recruiting station.

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