SCRANTON — FBI reports of interviews with correctional officers working the night when their colleague, Eric Williams of Nanticoke, was fatally stabbed inside a federal prison in Wayne County say a large makeshift Plexiglas knife was found in the inmate’s cell.
The reports, called 302 forms, were filed Wednesday by attorneys defending Jessie Con-Ui.
Con-Ui, 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury in June 2013 charging him with killing Williams, 34.
The indictment alleges Con-Ui killed Williams on Feb. 25, 2013, in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex near Waymart. According to the indictment, Con-Ui stabbed Williams with a sharpened weapon and struck him repeatedly.
FBI interviews of correctional officers (COs) indicate Con-Ui had barricaded himself in his cell after allegedly attacking Williams.
In an interview with prison Lt. Brian Sudul, the 302 report says Sudul had walked to Con-Ui’s cell and spotted a seven to eight inch Plexiglas sharpened knife inside a sink. The knife was too large to pass under the cell door as Con-Ui eventually surrendered the makeshift weapon through a portal used to pass food through the door, according to the 302 report.
Sudul told FBI agents he was shocked Con-Ui attacked Williams because Con-Ui was never disrespectful and never caused any problems in the prison.
When Con-Ui was escorted from his cell, he allegedly replied, “Hey man, I am sorry but I had to do what I had to do. I am sick of all your people’s disrespect,” the 302 report says.
Before Con-Ui was restrained, Sudul told FBI agents he was worried senior correctional officers would harm the inmate responsible for attacking Williams, and had instructed “rookie” COs into the cell block where Williams was stabbed.
Immediately after finding Williams severely injured, Sudul called for an ambulance and yelled, “I’m going to kill one of you mother (expletive).” Sudul told agents he regretted making the statement but wanted other inmates to know the severity of the situation, according to the 302 reports.
Two COs responded to the cell unit with an aerosol dispenser and a pepper ball gun from the prison’s solitary housing unit.
CO Thomas Baux told agents, according to the 302 reports, he was among the first to rush into the cell block and quickly realized cell doors were unlocked. Baux noticed blood in the cell showers and followed the blood trail up stairs.
Sudul ordered Baux to return to the first floor for his safety as cell doors were unlocked.
After cell doors were locked, COs began upper body checks on inmates looking for bruises and cuts and noticed a speck of blood on one of Con-Ui’s hands.
Con-Ui removed the makeshift knife from under his bed and initially refused to surrender it, telling Baux, “No, you guys are gonna come in here and kill me,” the 302 report says.
Con-Ui was at Canaan serving an 11-year prison sentence stemming from a 2003 guilty plea for his role in a wide-scale drug ring run by the New Mexican Mafia. Following that sentence he was set to begin serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in 2008 to first-degree murder.
He has been transferred to the U.S. Penitentiary in Florence, Colorado, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.