Trial schedule for inmate accused of killing Pa. correctional officer

The trial will begin July 11, 2016, as scheduled by U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo

By Edward Lewis
The Times-Leader

WILKES-BARRE — A federal inmate facing the death penalty for the killing of a correctional officer from Nanticoke in 2013 is scheduled to go to trial next year.

U.S. District Judge A. Richard Caputo in a directive to federal prosecutors and lawyers defending Jessie Con-Ui scheduled the trial to begin July 11, 2016.

Jesse Con-Ui. (Photo Pa. DOC)
Jesse Con-Ui. (Photo Pa. DOC)

Caputo scheduled the trial after a conference call with prosecutors and Con-Ui lawyers on Thursday.

Con-Ui, 38, was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2013 charging him with killing Eric Williams, 34, of Nanticoke.

The indictment alleges Con-Ui killed Williams on Feb. 25, 2013, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex near Waymart. Con-Ui allegedly stabbed Williams with a sharpened weapon and struck him repeatedly, the indictment says.

Federal court records say a seven to eight inch Plexiglas sharpened knife was found in a sink inside Con-Ui’s cell after Williams was attacked.

Con-Ui is currently housed at the U.S. Penitentiary at Florence in Florence, Colorado, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.

Con-Ui was at Canaan serving an 11-year prison sentence stemming from a 2003 guilty plea for his role in a wide-scale drug ring run by the New Mexican mafia. Following that sentence, he is scheduled to begin serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2008 to first-degree murder.

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