• ‘Eric’s Law’ Introduced in the Senate

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — U.S. Senator Pat Toomey was joined Friday by a group of supporters for federal corrections officers — a group of law enforcement he says is sometimes forgotten. “It’s hard sometimes to remember the men and women who are behind the wall keeping us safe from some of the most dangerous and violent people anywhere in the country,” said Sen. Pat Toomey, (R) Pennsylvania. Inside the Luzerne County Courthouse, Toomey announced that in July he introduced “Eric’s Law” […]

  • 5th Annual Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K Race

    NANTICOKE, Pa. — Runners hit the pavement in Luzerne County for a fallen corrections officer. The annual Officer Eric J. Williams Memorial 5K Race was held in Nanticoke on Saturday. The race is in memory of Williams, a corrections officer who was killed by an inmate at the federal prison near Waymart in 2013. The run, now in its fifth year, also raises scholarship money for students going into criminal justice and law enforcement programs. “My son was someone who […]

  • ‘Eric’s Law’ Introduced in Senate After Slain Corrections Officer

    WASHINGTON — A bill named for a federal corrections officer from our area killed on the job has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill has been dubbed “Eric’s Law” for Correctional Officer Eric Williams. Williams, who was from Luzerne County, was killed by an inmate at the federal prison in Wayne County back in 2013. Last year, a federal jury could not agree on the death penalty for the inmate who killed Williams. The inmate, who was already […]

  • Pasta Dinner for Fallen Police Officer in Luzerne County

    ARCHBALD — The family of a fallen corrections officer from Luzerne County is getting help in their mission to make the job safe for other men and women. A pasta dinner was held at Barrett’s Pub in Archbald, Lackawanna County to support the “Voices of Joe”. It’s a group advocating for corrections officers killed in the line of duty. People who attended Sunday’s event were able to get their fill of food, fun, and even some music. An inmate murdered Corrections […]

  • Roundtable Discussion in Lackawanna County Held to Improve Safety for Corrections Officers

    JESSUP — A special event Wednesday night was hosted by a father whose son was brutally murdered while working at the Federal Prison in Wayne County. Don Williams organized this round table discussion at the 911 Center in Lackawanna County, all in an attempt to improve safety for corrections officers. This comes after his son Eric Williams was viciously stabbed to death by an inmate at the Federal Prison near Waymart in 2013. That inmate — Jesse Con-Ui — who […]

  • Outrage over Killer’s Sentence

    SCRANTON — The sentence for an inmate who killed a corrections officer in Wayne County – life in prison not death — is still not sitting well with people. One of 12 jurors would not impose the death penalty, meaning the inmate technically won’t be punished. Jessie Con-ui was already supposed to be serving a life sentence when the jury failed to unanimously agree Monday in federal court on the death penalty. Many are wondering how it’s even fair to […]

  • Con-ui to Get Life Sentence for Murdering Officer

    SCRANTON — An inmate who murdered a federal correctional officer will be sentenced to life in prison after the jury could not decide on the death penalty. Jessie Con-ui was found guilty last month of first-degree murder for killing Correctional Officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke. Con-ui was an inmate at the federal prison at Canaan in Wayne County when he killed Williams in February of 2013. Con-ui was serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder in Arizona. After five […]

  • Jury Set to Deliberate Fate of Inmate Convicted of Murder at Correctional Facility in Wayne County

    SCRANTON — The case of an inmate convicted of murdering a correctional officer is now on to a jury. Back in 2013, Correctional Officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke died after he was kicked, stomped on, and stabbed more than 200 times by an inmate at the federal prison near Waymart. That inmate, Jessie Con-Ui, was found guilty of murdering Williams last month. Now, a jury will decide if Con-Ui should get the death penalty. During the first phase of the […]

  • Death Decision for Jury in Officer Slaying

    SCRANTON — The same jury that convicted a federal inmate of the brutal murder of a correctional officer in Wayne County now has to decide if he should be sentenced to death. Federal prosecutors told the jury there are many reasons Jessie Con-ui should be punished by death. In addition to what they call the cold-blooded murder of Correctional Officer Eric Williams, prosecutors were able to show evidence of the convicted killer’s history of violence. Eric Williams’ parents were not […]

  • Guilty on All Counts in Murder of Prison Officer

    SCRANTON –It took a jury less than 30 minutes to find a federal inmate guilty of the murder of one of his correctional officers. Jessie Con-ui is guilty of first-degree murder for killing corrections officer Eric Williams of Nanticoke. Con-ui was an inmate at the federal prison at Canaan in Wayne County when he killed Williams in February of 2013. Con-ui was serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder in Arizona. The trial took only two days because Con-ui’s […]

  • Prosecution Wraps Up in Prison Murder Trial

    SCRANTON — Prosecutors called their last witnesses Tuesday in the death penalty trial of a prison inmate accused of killing a correctional officer. The defense is not mounting a defense for Jessie Con-ui. Attorneys say there is no defense for the killing of Eric Williams of Nanticoke at the federal prison near Waymart four years ago. Prosecutors say Con-ui stabbed Williams more than 200 times with a sharp object. The defense doesn’t plan to call any witnesses in the trial […]

  • Stunning Video, Testimony in Prison Murder Trial

    SCRANTON — Four years after the vicious and deadly attack on a federal correctional officer in Wayne County, the man accused of killing Eric Williams of Nanticoke is on trial. The convicted gang member’s attorneys fully admit he is guilty. The Williams family was on hand for opening statements and testimony from about a half dozen correctional officers from USP Canaan in Wayne County. But Eric Williams’ parents did not stay in court while jurors watched their son get stabbed […]