State Pen inmate headed to trial in corrections officer choking

BISMARCK, N.D. - A North Dakota State Penitentiary inmate accused of choking a corrections officer in March pleaded not guilty and is headed for trial.

Forty-two-year-old Duane Landrus is charged with aggravated assault with attempt to inflict serious bodily harm. Prosecutors say Landrus grabbed the officer by his neck and choked him until he couldn’t breathe.

Court documents show he’s also accused of grabbing the victims fingers and twisting them to try to break them.

Landrus is serving four years for an aggravated assault in Burleigh County. He has previously served five years for assaulting a peace officer in 2009.

Landrus is scheduled to appear in court on November 21.