Idaho Statesman
Idaho Statesman
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Description: Pardon Board Releases 24 Reduces Sentences of Four Prisoners, Continues 12 Cases, Denies 16

Date: August 1 1917

Newspaper published in: Boise, ID

Page/Column: 6

Pardon Board Releases 24 Reduces Sentences of Four Prisoners, Continues 12 Cases, Denies 16

Twenty-four prisoners were pardoned, four had their sentences reduced, 12 cases were continued and 16 applications were denied by the state pardon board, which met Tuesday.

An appeal for a pardon for Frank Hye, who killed his wife, and a man named Kennedy, whom he found in this home was presented. This was among the cases continued. At the outset of the session, Governor Alexander said:

"We ought not to be bothered by technical evidence. It takes up hours of our time. The technicalities are immaterial to me. I care nothing about them. We are not a board of law. We are a board of mercy. We don't want to be bothered by law."

Applications That Were Approved

The board pardoned the following men:

Walter Allen, Cassia County, grand larceny, 1-14 years, pardon effective September 4.

C. W. Seiler (Seller?), alias Walter Burns, Power County, burglary, 1-5 years, pardon effective October 7.

Manuel Darling, alias Brown Davis, Ada County, served six years for stealing $5 revolver, pardon effective October 1.

William A. Baker, Canyon County, forgery, 1-14 years, pardon effective August 6.

William Dagiantis, Bannock County, manslaughter, pardon effective October 10 when his two years will be up.

Austin De la Rosa, Bonneville County, bribery, pardon effective August 6.

Orville Duncan, Cassia County, burglary, 1-15 years, pardon effective August 6.

Henry Johnson, Fremont County, second degree burglary, 1-5 years, pardon effective August 15.

Robert Johnson, Gooding County, burglary, 1-15 years, pardon effective September 10.

Ernest Jones, Ada County, embezzlement, 1-14 years, pardon effective September 15.

Thomas H. Jones, Shoshone County, violation of the prohibition law, 1-2 years, pardon effective Otober 31.

Glen Lambson, Teton County, grand larceny, 1-14 years, pardon effective August 28.

Oscar Lewis, Elmore County, second degree burglary, pardon effective August 15.

Fred Valdez, alias Fred Martinius, Bonneville County, assault to commit rape, one to 14 years, pardon effective November 22.

John Mayfield, Bannock County, second degree burglary, pardon effective September 26.

Earl Steen, Idaho County, grand larceny 6-14 years; pardon effective September 24.

Robert Visnjak, Bonneville County, possession of intoxicating liquor, one to two years; pardon effective November 29.

David R. Veitz, Clearwater County, embezzlement, 1-14 years; pardon effective December 20.

Thomas H. Wilson, Canyon County, burglary, 2-15 years; pardon effective November 26.

James C. Wallihan, Canyon County, grand larceny, 1-14 years; pardon effective August 17.

R. B. Pritchett, Kootenai County, adultery, 1-3 years; pardon effective August 15.

Clarence Roush, Ada County, assault with a deadly weapon, 5-14 years; pardon effective November 18.

Edward Lub, Canyon County, grand larceny, 5-14 years; pardon effective August 15.

N. V. Redford, Nez Perce, second degree burglary, one to five years; pardon effective August 15.

Time of Sentences Cut

The sentences of a number of prisoners were reduced. These were:

Horace Mitchell, Lewis County, grand larceny; minimum sentence reduced from two years to one year and five months.

F. C. Brinegay, alias Fred Gossett, alias Higgins, Canyon County, grand larceny, six to 14 years; cut to three years. His sentence began March 1915.

R. E. Gregg, Twin Falls, second degree burglary, one to five years; cut to one year. Sentence began November 1916.

Frank Hensen, Kootenai County, manslaughter, one and one half to 10 years; cut to one and one half. Sentence began June 1916.

Several Applications Continued

The cases of Frank Hye, second degree murder; Charles F. Massey, defaulter; John Bell burglary; Delavin Smith, murderer; Otho Eakins, assault; Archie Hall, second degree murder; J. C. Hodgen, grand larceny; George Howard, alias C. J. Morren, burglary; Lyman Jones, second degree murder; James E. King, alias Harry Smith, receiver of stolen property; Walter M Willis, second degree murder, and Carl Johnson, manslaughter, were continued until a later date.

Cases denied were: Jack V. Ambrose, forgery; D W. Burk, violation prohibition law; John Edmiston, grand larceny; William Ferris, second degree burglary; Ignacio Gonzales, robbery; Nero Hashburger, rape; Lundy Hatfield, grand larceny; J. C. Hunter, grand larceny; Edward Le Coulter, rape; Rial Owen, rape; Ellington Smith, murder; John Thomas, arson; W. H. Truman, alias W. M. Edwards, arson; Joseph Vigne, second degree murder; Roy Maloney, burglary; Jack Forest, manslaughter.

Submitted: 07/21/14

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