Ex-NFL player Junior Siavii found dead in prison while awaiting trial

Former NFL defensive tackle Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii died in a Kansas prison while awaiting trial on federal drug and gun trafficking charges, records show.

Siavili, 43, was found unresponsive Thursday at the US Penitentiary in Leavenworth shortly after 2:30 p.m., Anna Armijo, a spokeswoman for the US Bureau of Prisons, told The Kansas City. Star.

Details about the former Kansas City Chiefs player’s death were not immediately available.

Armijo said no corrections staff or inmates were injured and “at no time was the public in any danger,” the Star reported.

Siaviii was arrested in August 2019 after police saw him driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in the Kansas City suburb of Independence.

Prosecutors said the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Siavii struggled with the officers, who electrocuted him twice during the confrontation. He was eventually subdued and handcuffed after an officer pinned Siavii’s neck until he was unconscious.

He was found in possession of a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana.

USP Leavenworth prison where Junior Siavii died while in custody.
USP Leavenworth prison where Junior Siavii died while in custody.
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Mugshot of Saousoalii Siavii Jr.
Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii was arrested in August 2019 after police saw him driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Kansas City.
AP / City of Independence Missouri Police Department

Siaviiii was later indicted with eight other defendants for being part of a methamphetamine drug trafficking ring in western Missouri, according to the Star.

He had also been arrested twice before while in possession of illegal drugs and loaded firearms, according to the criminal complaint.

Siaviiii had just been transferred to the medium security prison in Leavenworth on December 17, the Star reported.

Savii, a native of American Samoa, was drafted 36th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the University of Oregon Kansas City Chiefs.

He was cut from the team in 2006, but then signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, where he spent time on and off until 2010.

In 2011, he was claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks and set a career-high in tackles before he was injured and released later that year.

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