Marion federal prison inmate pleads guilty to assaulting correctional officers

BENTON — An inmate at the Marion federal prison pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton to charges that he assaulted three different correctional officers on three different occasions there last year.

U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton says 38-year-old Erick Roman committed the offenses on Aug. 20 and on Sept. 13 and 28. At the time of the assaults Roman was serving a 60 year federal sentence imposed in the District of Maryland for conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise.

A sentencing hearing was held immediately following the entry of the guilty pleas. Roman was sentenced to a five- year term in prison for the assaults and that sentence was imposed consecutively to the 60-year sentence he was already serving.

Roman was also ordered to pay $383 in restitution to the victims of his assaults and $300 in special assessments to the United States. A three year term of supervised release will follow his time behind bars. Roman was immediately returned to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons to resume serving his sentences.