This undated photo provided by State Correctional Institution-Dallas via The Citizens' Voice shows Jessie Con-Ui. Jurors who convicted Con-ui last month of first-degree murder and murder of a correction officer failed to reach agreement Monday, July 10, 2017, on whether he should face death or a life term, meaning he receives an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. (State Correctional Institution-Dallas/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

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

July 11, 2017 - 4:27 pm

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.

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

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