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Two inmates in the Lake County Detention Center are accused of a brutal attack of another inmate. 

Nicholi Thomas Assiniboine, 31, and Larrs Jalen Omingo, 20, both of St. Ignatius, each entered pleas of not guilty at District Court in Polson on June 16 to aggravated assault. Assiniboine is facing one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, to which, he pleaded not guilty.

According to court records, on May 26, Assiniboine and Omingo were allegedly calling the alleged victim a “rat” and telling him to leave the cell block they were in. An argument followed and quickly escalated to a physical altercation with the victim being pulled to the ground. 

Once on the ground, Assiniboine and Omingo allegedly hit the victim with their fists, elbows and knees on the victim’s face, eyes and nose. Assiniboine is also accused of trying to hide evidence of the alleged assault by cleaning up blood with sheets and attempting to flush the sheets down the toilet, which caused the entire cell block to flood.

The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that included a fractured orbital bone in his left eye and broken nose. The victim had to go back to the hospital a second time and will have to see an eye specialist to properly heal.

Judge James Manley set a trial date for Nov. 1 for both Assiniboine and Omingo who were being held in the Lake County jail on other matters at the time of the alleged assault.

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