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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Inmate indicted for murder

  • A federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment on Tuesday charging Jessie Con-Ui ( a.k.a. “Chino”), a federal inmate, with the murder of federal corrections officer Eric Williams, the Justice Department announced.
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  •  - A federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment on Tuesday charging Jessie Con-Ui ( a.k.a. “Chino”), a federal inmate, with the murder of federal corrections officer Eric Williams, the Justice Department announced.
    Since the incident, he is currently at USP Florence ADMAX (administrative maximum facility) in Florence, Colo. His projected release date is Sept. 17 of this year.
    Con-Ui, 36, was charged in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania with “one count of first degree murder, one count of first degree murder of a U.S. corrections officer and one count of possessing contraband in prison.”
    In a release about the grand jury it states that the indictment “alleges that Con-Ui killed Williams on Feb. 25, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart, Pennsylvania.” According to the indictment, Con-Ui stabbed Williams with a sharpened weapon and “struck him repeatedly.”
    If convicted, Con-Ui faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison.
    The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
    The charges against Con-Ui resulted from an investigation by the FBI, with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The case is being prosecuted by the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
    The indictment states that Con-Ui “willfully, deliberately, maliciously and with premeditation and malice aforethrought, did unlawfully kill another person and human being.” It further states that Con-Ui was “repeatedly stabbing and striking him [Williams] with weapons and repeatedly kicking, stomping and slamming him about the head, face and torso.”
    In count one, first degree murder, Con-Ui violated Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1111 and 7(3). In count two, first degree murder of a United States Corrections Officer, he violated Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1114(1) and 1111. In count three, possessing contraband in prison, Con-Ui violated Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1791(a)(2), (d)(1)(B) and (b)(3).
    The following are other findings from the grand jury in the indictment about Con-Ui:
    • He was more than 18 years old at the time of the offense (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3591(a)).
    • He intentionally killed Eric Williams (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3591(a)(2)(A)).
    • He intentionally inflicted serious bodily injury that resulted in the death of Eric Williams (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3591(a)(2)(B)).
    • He intentionally participated in the act, contemplating that the life of a person would be taken or intending that lethal force would be used in connection with a person, other than one of the participants in the offense and the victim died as a direct result of the act. (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3591(a)(2)(C)).
    Page 2 of 2 - • He intentionally and specifically engaged in an act of violence, knowing that the act created a grave risk of death to a person, other than one of the participants in the offense, such that participation in the act constituted a reckless disregard for human life and the victim died as a result of the act (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3591(a)(2)(D)).
    • He has previously been convicted of a Federal or State offense punishable by a term of imprisonment more than one year, involving the use or attempted threatened use of a Firearm (as defined in Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(2)).
    • He has previously been convicted of another Federal or State offense resulting in the death of a person for which a sentence of life imprisonment or death was authorized by statue (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(3)).
    • He committed the offense in an especially heinous, cruel or depraved manner in that it involved torture or serious physical abuse to the victim (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(6)).
    • He committed the offense after substantial planning and premeditation to cause the death of a person (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(9)).
    • He has previously been convicted of violating Title II or III of the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 for which a sentence of five or more years may be imposed (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(12)).
    • He committed the offense against a federal public servant who was an employee of a United States penal or correctional institution while he was engaged in the performance of his official duties (Title 18, United States Code, Section 3592(c)(14)(D)(i)).
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