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.

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