Father of fallen corrections officer supports Eric's Law

(WBRE/WYOU) -- The family of a fallen federal corrections officer is hoping for change after a jury decided to spare his killer's life.

Jessie Con-ui stabbed Eric Williams more than 200 times at the federal prison in Wayne County in 2013.

Con-ui was already serving life in prison and received that same sentence last July.

The jury was overwhelmingly in favor of the death penalty, with only one of the 12 jurors holding out for a life sentence.

That's why Eric's father Don Williams supports Eric's Law, introduced Thursday by Congressman Tom Marino and Congressman Lou Barletta.

It would allow a new jury to have another look during the sentencing phase of a death penalty case.

"To have one individual have that kind of empowerment, I mean the idea of having a jury is to take out of the hands of one person, a decision of that gravity," said Don Williams.

Eric's Law is modeled after several states that already use a similar procedure in death penalty cases.


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