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Inmate Jessie Con-ui arraigned in killing of federal prison guard, Eric Williams, near Scranton

Published On: Jul 16 2013 03:50:18 PM EDT
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A federal prison inmate has pleaded not guilty in the stabbing death of a guard at a federal prison near Scranton earlier this year.

Jessie Con-ui was arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Scranton via video conference from the federal Supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

A judge scheduled his trial for Sept. 16 at the federal courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.


Authorities allege that Con-ui, 36, stabbed guard Eric Williams on Feb. 25 in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart.

Con-Ui was scheduled to complete a drug-trafficking sentence in September and would then have been returned to Arizona to serve a life term for a murder in 2002.

Con-Ui could face the death penalty if convicted in the guard's murder, officials said.