Des Moines Man Sentenced to 32 Years for Attack on Guard at Federal Detention Center

Shabazz was being held on the sex trafficking charges when he assaulted the guard at the federal detention center. The guard suffered significant head wounds, which were nearly fatal. He has required surgery and significant rehabilitation. He likely will never be able to return to work as a prison guard.

In their sentencing memo, prosecutors wrote, “It is hard to imagine a worse set of offenses—an assault calculated at killing a defenseless jail guard and involvement in the commercial sexual exploitation of two 13 year old girls….Both girls were runaways and looking for shelter. Unfortunately, they sought help from two people, including Shabazz, who viewed the two girls as tools to make money without regard for their well being.”

The Tacoma Police Department and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force investigated the sex trafficking case; the FBI and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) investigated the prison assault. The cases against Shabazz are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bruce Miyake and Mike Lang.