- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A convicted murderer has been found guilty of assaulting a correctional officer at an Anchorage jail.

James Coven, 27, was convicted Tuesday of two counts of felony assault at Anchorage Correctional Complex East.

Coven was convicted of first-degree murder in February 2012 in the shooting deaths of two teenage drug dealers in Anchorage. Christon Lee and Matthew Peterson were both 19 on Feb. 18, 2009, when Coven walked up to their pickup and fired an AK-47 into the cab.

Coven was sentenced to 199 years in prison in the case.

Prosecutors said Wednesday in a news release that Coven asked to make a phone call on Sept. 5, 2012, but was denied. Officer Sean Winslow ordered Coven back to his cell, but Coven instead attacked the officer, prosecutors said.

Coven punched Winslow in the head, which knocked him to the floor, and then repeatedly kicked him.

Winslow suffered multiple fractures to his jaw and his nose. The assault left him with broken teeth and a concussion.

Coven is scheduled for sentencing April 2 in the assault case.

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