Feds to Seek Death For Inmate Charged in Slaying

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An inmate charged with killing a fellow prisoner at a high-security prison tucked away in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky faces a possible death sentence if convicted of murder.

Federal prosecutors in Lexington and Washington, D.C., have filed notice they intend to seek the execution of 31-year-old John Travis Millner, who has a long history of violence in and out of federal prison.

In a filing in federal court in Pikeville, prosecutors cited the brutality used in killing 35-year-old Vincent Earl Smith Jr. while he was housed at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in January 2009, as well as Millner's repeated attacks on other inmates and prison staff and conviction for murder in Washington, D.C.

Millner is scheduled for arraignment in federal court in Lexington on Tuesday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

WBKO.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 226445961 - wbko.com/a?a=226445961
Gray Television, Inc.