Former Chiefs defensive deal with Saousoalii “Junior” Siavii was found dead Thursday afternoon in a Leavenworth prison as he awaited trial on federal criminal charges associated to drug trafficking and unlawful firearm possession.
Siavii, 43, was found unresponsive on the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth round 2:35 p.m, Anna Armijo, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, stated in an announcement. He was handled by prison employees and brought to an space hospital, the place he was pronounced dead.
Few particulars had been instantly disclosed concerning the circumstances surrounding his loss of life. Armijo stated no employees or different inmates had been injured and “at no time was the public in danger.”
On Dec. 17, Siavii was moved to the medium-security prison in Leavenworth, which has just lately been the location of many prisoner transfers following the top of a federal contract with a close-by non-public facility run by CoreCivic. Siavii has been held beneath federal detention orders since 2019.
Siavii was arrested in August 2019 on suspicion of unlawful firearms possession during a struggle with police officers in Independence. A prison indictment later named Siavii as being part of a methamphetamine drug trafficking conspiracy in the Western District of Missouri. He was charged alongside eight different co-defendants.
The Chiefs drafted Siavii with the thirty sixth general decide in the 2004 NFL Draft, and earlier than he placed on the uniform, he labeled himself unblockable in the run recreation.
It didn’t pan out that means. He managed solely 15 tackles and one sack in two seasons earlier than knee accidents interrupted his NFL profession. After three seasons out of the league, he returned to one-year stops in Dallas and Seattle.
Siavii was born in American Samoa, the place he attended highschool earlier than shifting to the United States and taking part in junior school soccer. He finally landed at Oregon, the place his measurement (6-foot-5, 320 kilos) popped on movie and caught the eye of Chiefs scouts.
The Star’s Cortlynn Stark contributed to this report.