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Ten Years In Prison

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Parent Issue
Day
10
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
OCR Text

'Guilty ascharged." Frecisely as the hands of the court house clock pointed at the hour of 12 Wednesday Horace Purfield, foreman of the jury who tried George Lewis on the charge of attempting a henious ■assault upon Mrs. William Mason, iittered these words in response to the question, "What is your verdict?" There was absolutely no demonstration in the court room. The jury had been out but 15 minutes and the audience expecting an early verdict had remained in the court room. Uut One ballot was taken, the jury being unannious from the start. The judge turned to the lawyers. í'rosecutiDg Attorney Kirk aróse and asked that sentence be passed upon the prisonei'. Attorney A. E. Gibson asked that sentence might be deferred until he could make a further showing to the court. Judge Kinne replied, "I think that nothing would be" gained by defei'ring this case. George Lewis, stand up." Lewis started toward the judge, who said, "You may stand where you are." He halted and looked at the judge in a troubled way. He said in response to a query from the judge that he had nothing to say. -Judge Kinne then sentenced him to -Jackson states prison for 10 years, the maximum punishmentr fixed by law. He said: "I do not propose to lecture you. Nothing that I could say to you now would do you any good. You have been found guilty of a very grave offense, one of the most henious known to the law. There is nothing that appeals for mercy for you. If you had committed the offense you tried to Eommit you wrould have been committed to state prison for lif e. That you Jid not succeed in your attempt was sio fault of yours. You were preventd the full commission of the offense and I now sentence you for the at tempt. The law limits the time of imjnisonment to 10 years. I can see no extenuating circumstances in your oonduct. The punishmentof imprisïonment is imposed for two reason, one to deter you from the commission of a like offense and to warn others from it. The sentence is that you be eonfined to states prison for the period of 10 years." In a minute the entire court room were on their feet, the prisoner with the others, but no word was spoken. 'The prisoner's father stepped up to íiim and shook his hand and he was :Yd away by Deputy Sheriff Kelsey without ado. The examinationof the witnesses in this case was completed yesterday ■■afternoon. The defence sought to show the general good reputation of ■George Lewis. This was considerable shaken by the proof that he had been an ïnrcfote of the Reform school, and had been charged with stealing-. Mr. W. Guy, a student, testified that Lewis was one of his Sunday school scholarsThat so far as he knew he had not heard anything discreditable about Lewis. That Lewis was a man very ïimch given to be by himself and it was something unusual to see Lewis in iadies society. After the testimony was in the case was adjourned until this morning when Prosecuting Attorney Kirk and the del'endant's attorney, Gibson, made their pleas. Mr, Gibson spoke for nearly two hours. He sought to show that the assault was an attempt to rob. He was congratulatd by Fred ]5rown on having made the speech of his life. Prosecuting Attorney Kirk briefly recalled the facts as they had been testifled to and not controverted. He paid a high complement to the officers, for having with the ineager clue of a hat which they had believed they had seen a man wear, hunted up all the testimony which led io the man's arrest and confession. Lewis says he does not kdow whether he is seveuteen or eighteen years old. ïle looks about twenty.