SCRANTON — An inmate accused of killing a corrections officer at a federal prison in Wayne County earlier this year was in court Tuesday.
Authorities arraigned Jessie Con-ui on murder charges at the federal courthouse in Scranton.
Con-ui pleaded not guilty to murdering Corrections Officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke.
The inmate is now scheduled to stand trial in Wilkes-Barre in September.
It was nearly five months ago when Williams, a corrections officer from Nanticoke, was repeatedly stabbed and killed at the federal prison near Waymart.
Federal investigators say Con-ui used a sharp weapon and stabbed Eric Williams repeatedly on February 25.
Con-ui is charged with first degree murder, first degree murder of a corrections officer, and possession of contraband.
Former county corrections officer and current Lackawanna County Commissioner Pat O’Malley also sat in on the arraignment of Con-ui and says he wanted to show his support for a fellow fallen officer.
“I just felt for the family. Corrections officers are unsung heroes. Nobody knows the type of work they do behind those walls all the time and I was here, I wanted to show support for the family,” said O’Malley.
Con-ui could be facing multiple life sentences or the death penalty if found guilty.
The trial is scheduled to begin in Wilkes-Barre in September.