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Inmate charged in death of guard

on June 26, 2013 10:20 AM

SCRANTON (AP) — A federal prison inmate has been indicted in the stabbing death of a guard at a northeastern Pennsylvania prison earlier this year.

Prosecutors said a federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment Tuesday charging Jessie Con-Ui, 36, with first-degree murder in the Feb. 25 slaying of corrections officer Eric Williams.

Authorities allege that Con-Ui struck Williams repeatedly with a sharpened weapon in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart.

Con-Ui was serving a drug-trafficking sentence and also faces life in a 2002 Arizona murder. Officials say he could face the death penalty in the guard’s murder.

Con-Ui has since been moved to the federal Supermax prison in Colorado.

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