- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

INEZ, Ky. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a federal inmate in the death of a fellow prisoner at a prison in eastern Kentucky.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday concluded there was no basis for overturning 37-year-old Dwaune “Deuce” Gravely’s conviction. Gravely and 31-year-old Darryl “Beast” Milburne were sentenced to life in prison for the Nov. 12, 2006, assault and slaying of fellow inmate Shamoni Peterson at USP Big Sandy in Inez.

Prosecutors say the two men beat and choked Peterson to death and covered his nose and mouth until he quit breathing.

Both were transferred to ADX Florence, the supermax prison in Colorado, which holds the most dangerous inmates in the federal prison system.

Milburne’s case is not part of the appeal.

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