Barletta Commends Guilty Verdict for Inmate Who Murdered Eric Williams

Jun 7, 2017
Press Release
Local Prison Guard’s Legacy Lives on in Law to Protect Correctional Officers

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) today commended a federal jury’s verdict finding Jessie Con-ui guilty of first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Eric Williams in 2013.  Williams, a Nanticoke native and Senior Correctional Officer at the United States Prison at Canaan, was murdered by convicted gang assassin Jessie Con-ui while on duty in 2013.  Con-ui, a member of the violent New Mexican Mafia gang, was serving an 11-year sentence when he suddenly attacked Officer Williams, knocked him down a flight of stairs, and stabbed him more than 200 times with homemade blades known as shanks.

“My thoughts are with the friends and family of Eric Williams today.  Four years have passed since Eric’s brutal murder, yet his life and legacy continue to impact countless individuals across our nation, thanks to the tireless advocacy of those who loved him.  I thank Eric’s parents, Don and Jean, for their strength and resolve in working to ensure that our correctional officers are better protected, and I commend the prosecution for its commitment to securing justice for Eric and the entire Williams family,” Barletta said.

Last Congress, Barletta co-sponsored and helped lead the passage of a bill improving protections for correctional officers.  The Eric Williams Correctional Officer Protection Act, signed into law in March 2016, supplies pepper spray to federal prison officers or employees who may respond to emergency situations with inmates.

During the legislative course of the bill, Barletta met with Don and Jean Williams, who now help lead an organization called Voices of JOE.  The letters of J-O-E stand for Jose Rivera, Osvaldo Albarati, and Eric Williams, three former corrections employees who were targeted and killed because of their positions in the prison system.