Former NFL player dies awaiting trial in prison

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (WDAF) – A former Kansas City Chiefs football player died Thursday while being held at a Leavenworth prison, records show.

Saousoalii P. Siavii Jr., better known as Junior Siavii, was indicted in federal court in 2019 on three counts of unlawful possession of firearms. He was being held at the US Penitentiary at Leavenworth awaiting trial.

Details about his death were not immediately available.

Siavii was drafted by the Chiefs in 2004 in the second round as the 36th pick overall. He was later dropped from the team in 2006.

The defensive tackle later signed with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008 and was with the team on and off until 2010. The Seattle Seahawks then claimed him on waivers in 2010. He set a career high for tackles with the Seahawks before being injured and later released. in 2011.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 17: Defensive tackle Junior Siavii #94 of the Kansas City Chiefs dives to recover the fumble off New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning #10 during the first quarter of the game at the Giants Stadium on December 17, 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

A criminal complaint filed in 2019 alleged that Siavii had been arrested on three occasions in which he was in possession of illegal drugs and loaded firearms. Under federal law, it is illegal for anyone who illegally uses drugs to be in possession of firearms or ammunition.

Court documents say police were called to a parking lot on US Highway 40 where Siavii was getting out of a stolen vehicle. Officers said Siavii ignored their orders, and one officer deployed his Taser on Siavvi twice.

Police reported finding a loaded gun, ammunition and other drugs in Siavii’s possession. The complaint cites other incidents in which Siavii was arrested while in possession of illegal drugs and firearms.

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