Feds to Seek Death For Inmate Charged in Slaying

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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.

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