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Feds may seek death sentence in inmate slaying

Saturday - 9/14/2013, 11:36am  ET

Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A federal inmate faces a possible death sentence after being charged with killing a fellow prisoner at a federal prison in eastern Kentucky.

The U.S. Justice Department is weighing whether to seek execution for 31-year-old John Travis Millner. Millner is scheduled for arraignment on Sept. 26 in federal court in Ashland on charges of murder by a federal inmate serving life in prison and first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Millner attacked another inmate in January 2009 at USP Big Sandy in Inez, Ky., with a homemade ice pick before strangling him to death.

Millner's attorney, Patrick Nash of Lexington, said his client will plead not guilty.

Millner has a long record of violent crimes in Virginia and Washington, D.C. He is currently housed at a maximum security facility in Lewisburg, Pa.

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