DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2007
Corrected paragraph: Statements by United States Attorney Troy Eid and then by FBI Special Agent in Charge in Denver Richard Powers regarding the jury deadlocking after their deliberation in an attempt to determine a sentence for William Sablan, age 42, for the first degree murder of Joey Jesus Estrella, which took place in the Special Housing Unit at the United States Penitentiary in Florence on October 10, 1999. Cousin Rudy Sablan, age 37, also faces first degree murder charges for the murder of Joey Estrella. His jury trial has not yet been scheduled. NOTE: No changes or corrections were made to the statements that follow.
US Attorney Troy Eid
“Justice is served because William Sablan will now spend the rest of his life behind bars. He is a menace to society, and I don’t say that lightly. His conditions of confinement must mirror the extreme danger he will continue to pose to the people who live and work around him.
“This means that Mr. Sablan must be closely supervised so that he presents the least possible risk to the safety of correctional officers, staff and other inmates.
“I would like to thank Assistant United States Attorneys Brenda Taylor and Phil Brimmer, as well as the US Attorney’s Office staff, the FBI agents, the Bureau of Prisons staff, and law enforcement officers in Saipan who worked on this case.”
Troy A. Eid, United States Attorney for the District of Colorado
FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Powers
“Just as citizen’s in our community are entitled to be protected from violent attacks, those serving their debt to society within our prisons are also entitled to serve out those sentences free from harm.”
Richard C. Powers, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Denver