- Associated Press - Thursday, June 29, 2017

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) - An inmate facing the possible death penalty for killing a guard at a federal prison in Pennsylvania has apologized but told the court he can’t explain his actions.

Forty-year-old Jessie Con-ui (kawn-WEE) apologized Thursday. The same jury that convicted the inmate earlier this month of murder in the February 2013 stabbing death of 34-year-old Eric Williams at the Canaan federal prison in Waymart must now decide if Con-ui is executed or gets life in prison.

Prosecutors say Con-ui stabbed Williams more than 200 times because he felt “disrespected” by a search of his cell. Con-ui told Williams’ family and others in the federal courtroom in Scranton that he’s “always going to feel shame for taking an innocent man’s life.”

Testimony was to continue Thursday, with closing arguments and deliberations expected July 6.


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