Juror: Panel split 11-1 favoring execution in guard's murder

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Posted: Jul 11, 2017 4:27 PM
Juror: Panel split 11-1 favoring execution in guard's murder

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A juror says she and 10 other members of a federal panel favored sentencing an inmate to death for the murder of a Pennsylvania prison guard but one member dissented, saying her son was in jail.

Jurors who convicted 40-year-old Jessie Con-ui last month of first-degree murder and murder of a correction officer failed to reach agreement Monday on whether he should face death or a life term, meaning he receives life without parole.

Juror Amy Weidlich tells The Times Leader the lone holdout said she felt bad for Con-ui's mother and couldn't see taking a life.

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Thirty-four-year-old guard Eric Williams was stabbed more than 200 times in February 2013 at the Canaan federal prison. His father says he was "shocked" and angered by the sentencing decision.

Con-ui apologized in court for killing Williams.

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Information from: Times Leader, http://www.timesleader.com