Life of David Belden

Life of David Belden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...these unfortunate men, one pang to what they must inevitably suffer. I make these suggestions so if in the future, however distant, misjudged sympathy shall seek to mislead executive judgment or executive clemency, my appreciation of the atrocity of this crime and of the entire accountability of all concerned in its perpetration shall remain as part of the history of the case. LEML'EL LYTLE. note.--In June, 183, Lemuel Lytle, a painter residing at San Jose, while under the influence of liquor, attacked his wife with a butcher-knife. She was badly wounded from a stroke across the arm, and, in endeavoring to defend herself, received several cuts in the hand. Lytle was arrested, and at once gave a full statement of the affair and of the circumstances which led to it. He had separated from his wife, but still continued to visit her, and it was his jealousy that induced him to make the murderous attack. When the case was called before Judge Belden, the District Attorney stated that Lytle desired to withdraw his plea of not guilty (the charge being an attempt to commit murder), and to substitute a plea of guilty of an assault with a deadly weapon, the penalty for the latter crime being much less than that for the former. The Court accepted the plea but delayed sentence two days, intimating that he desired to hear Mrs. Lytle before concluding the case. At the appointed time the Judge pronounced sentence in the following words ij The other day, Lytle, when the District Attorney made his statement of the case, I was strongly impressed with the serious and aggravated nature of your crime, and had not the law left me the power to adjudge the penalty m the proper degree. I should not have allowed your plea to be taken. The law permits the Court to adjudge...show more

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  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 558g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655342X
  • 9781236553423