SCRANTON, Pa. — A federal prosecutor wants a jury to impose the death penalty against an imprisoned gang murderer who killed a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania.
But the defense attorney for 40-year-old inmate Jessie Con-ui (kawn-WEE) says his client is not a “monster” but a human being who will spend the rest of his life in prison if the federal court jury in Scranton spares his life.
That jury heard closing arguments Thursday. They’re scheduled to return Monday to begin deliberating.
Prosecutors say Con-ui stabbed 34-year-old guard Eric Williams more than 200 times because he felt “disrespected” by a search of his cell at the federal prison in Waymart in February 2013.
Con-ui was already serving time for a gang initiation killing and has a history of drug trafficking, assaults and dangerous threats.