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March 24, 2011

  BEAUMONT, Texas – A 40-year-old federal prison inmate has been sentenced for assaulting a prison guard in the Eastern District of Texas announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Damon Emanuel Elliott, of Laurel Maryland, was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 4, 2010 of assaulting a Bureau of Prisons officer and possessing a prohibited object and was sentenced to 150 months in federal prison on Mar. 22, 2011 by U.S. District Judge Thad Heartfield.

                According to information presented in court, on Dec. 31, 2007, Elliott, an inmate housed in the Federal Bureau of Prison's Beaumont facility, assaulted two federal prison guards.  Video evidence at Elliott's two-day trial showed the two officers attempting to transfer Elliott from one cell block to another.  Elliott resisted the transfer and became violent, assaulting and injuring both officers.  Elliott was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 20, 2008.  

                Elliott's sentence of 150 months will run consecutive to his current term of imprisonment.  Elliott was convicted of attempted aggravated sexual assault on Nov. 20, 1997 in the District of Maryland.  He was sentenced to 189 months in federal prison with a projected release date of May 17, 2012. 

                This case was investigated by the Bureau of Prisons and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Peacock.



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