Posted: Oct 11, 2013 9:20 AM by Associated Press
Updated: Oct 11, 2013 12:18 PM
DENVER (AP) - A trial witness has identified an Ethiopian immigrant living in Denver as a prison guard who tortured and killed inmates in Ethiopia in the 1970s.
The testimony came in federal court Thursday in the trial of Kefelgn Alemu Worku (kah-FEH'-lun ah-LEE'-moo WER'-koo). He's charged with immigration violations and identity theft.
Prosecutors say he lied on immigration forms when he denied committing political persecution.
If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison. He hasn't been charged in Denver with any crimes related to prison abuse.
Worku has acknowledged using a false name to gain admission to the U.S. but denies the torture allegations.
The Denver Post reports (http://tinyurl.com/m5bxre9 ) the witness claims she was an inmate at the prison and saw Worku shoot and kill two other inmates, teenage boys.
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Help those in need this holiday season
Win! Win! Win!
Wise Local Marketing!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Let us help grow your business
Digital Channel 4.2
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More