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

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

By :Associated Press| Posted : Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Associated Press

SCRANTON, PA- A juror says she and 10 other members of a federal panel favored sentencing an inmate to death for the murder of a prison guard but one member dissented, saying her son was behind bars.

Jurors who convicted 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 for the killing of guard Eric Williams.

Juror Amy Weidlich told The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader that the lone holdout “kept saying, ‘I just feel bad for Jessie’s mother.'” Pressed further, the holdout broke down and said her son was in prison, Weidlich said.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 prison guard but one member dissented, saying her son was behind bars.

 

“She said we can’t bring Eric back,” Weidlich said. “There’s enough bad things in the world the way it is, and I can’t see taking a life.”

The father of the slain guard, who was stabbed more than 200 times, said he was “shocked” and angered by the sentencing decision in the case of Con-ui, who is already serving 25 years to life for a 2002 gang initiation murder in Arizona.

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By: Associated Press
Published: July 13, 2017
Link: http://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Juror-Panel-split-11-1-favoring-execution-in-11281233.php

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