Sean Williams attempts suicide
Published 1:19 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 19, federal pre-trial detainee Sean Williams was delivered by the U.S. Marshals Service airlift, known as the Justice & Alien Transport System (JPATS), to the Eastern District of Tennessee. He was transported to the Blount County Jail in Maryville by Deputy U.S. Marshals. Upon arrival at the Blount County Jail, Williams was placed in an isolation cell.
Despite heavy supervision, approximately two hours after arrival, Williams attempted to commit suicide. Medical personnel were able to stabilize Williams and transport him to a local hospital where he is being treated for a puncture type wound. It is currently unknown what Williams used to create the wound. The incident is under investigation. Williams will be under significant guard presence by Blount County Sheriff’s deputies and Deputy U.S. Marshals.
David Jolley, U.S. Marshal for the Eastern District of Tennessee, stated that “Williams is a cunning and very dangerous individual who has attempted to escape, escaped from transport officers, and now attempted suicide, all to avoid facing his charges.”
Williams previously attempted to escape from the Washington County Jail while awaiting trial in U.S. District Court in Greeneville. Following the Washington County escape attempt, he was moved to the Laurel County Correctional Center in Kentucky. He escaped on October 19 from Laurel County transport officers and was captured in Pinellas County, Fla., on November 21. He has been in U.S. Marshals custody since, awaiting transport back to East Tennessee. Williams is charged in federal court with Production of Child Pornography.