Prosecutors say a federal grand jury in Scranton returned an indictment Tuesday charging 36-year-old Jessie Con-Ui with first-degree murder and first-degree murder of a U.S. corrections officer in the Feb. 25 slaying of Eric Williams, prosecutors said.
The indictment alleges that Con-Ui struck Williams repeatedly with a sharpened weapon in a premeditated attack at the Canaan Federal Correction Complex in Waymart and accuses him of "repeatedly kicking, stomping and slamming him about the head, face and torso."
The defendant also is charged with possession of contraband in the form of the "sharpened weapon commonly known as a 'shiv' or 'shank.'"
Con-Ui was scheduled to complete a drug-trafficking sentence in September and would then have been returned to Arizona to serve a life term for a 2002 murder. Officials say he could face the death penalty or a federal life sentence if convicted in the guard's murder.
Since the slaying, Con-Ui has been moved to the federal Supermax prison in Colorado. An attorney appointed to represent him did not return a call seeking comment Tuesday.