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Willie Bosket, 28, regarded as one of New York State's most violent and dangerous prison inmates, on Thursday lost a legal challenge to his attempted-murder conviction in a 1988 stabbing attack on Shawangunk State Prison guard Earl Porter in Ulster County.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court rejected all three arguments: that his conviction was unfair because he was forced to wear leg shackles during his trial, because prosecutors did not prove that he was older than 18 and because his challenge of prospective jurors was overruled. Bosket was being interviewed by a reporter in a visiting area when he went to the restroom, crossed into the visitors' section and stabbed Porter from behind, the court said.

Bosket is confined to a one-man cell at Woodbourne State Prison 23 hours a day and is denied physical contact with other people. He was already serving a life sentence for a 1985 assault on another prison guard and for setting fire to a cell when he was sentenced to another life sentence for the attack on Porter.

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