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A North Dakota State Penitentiary inmate accused of choking a guard and trying to break his fingers will go to trial in November.

Duane Landrus, 42, on Monday pleaded not guilty to aggravated assault. He is accused of choking a guard on March 12 to the point where the guard could not breathe, then twisting his fingers in an attempt to break them, according to an affidavit. His trial is set for Nov. 21.

Landrus in 2010 pleaded guilty to assaulting a peace officer in Morton County and was sentenced to five years in prison. He is currently serving time for a 2018 conviction for aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon. 

James Loraas, the attorney representing Landrus, did not return a call seeking comment.

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Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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