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Federal Inmate Accused of Attacking Prison Worker

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BENTON, Ill. (AP)- A Maryland man serving a 60-year federal prison sentence for what authorities said was his gang-related role in orchestrating a killing, fire bombings and robberies has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a correctional officer in Illinois.

Erick Roman, 38, was arraigned Monday in federal court in Benton on a felony count of assault on a correctional officer. An indictment returned earlier this month accuses Roman in the August attack of an employee of a federal lockup in a southern Illinois prison where Roman is serving his 2011 sentence for a racketeering conspiracy conviction out of Maryland.

Federal prosecutors have said that as the founder of a Maryland branch of the Latin Kings gang, Roman sanctioned or ordered violent acts that included a home invasion robbery of a drug dealer, the motel robbery of a prostitute, the fire bombings of an apartment and a house, and a 2008 killing.

Eight co-defendants pleaded guilty as part of that racketeering plot.

Messages left with Roman's court-appointed public defender in the Illinois case weren't immediately returned.

Roman's trial tentatively has been scheduled for Dec. 29.

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