Rioters sentenced

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THE RIOT TRIALS. PKWOHER8 SENTENCED TESTEBDAT By - nopals of Jade iHunti'i Addreaa to U rrlWMn - Tha ImpMllloi of Boatcaee How Received by . h Prisoner. . 4 ,. At twenty - five minutea after ten o'clock yes terday morning, the defendant!, Hezekiah Wootten, John Squint, ', Thomas , Francis, 2 John Noll, and Aaron Dease, who were con - victed on Saturday of riot, were brought into Court, together with Robert Reber, indicted with the tame defendants, who last week plead A guilty. Court was not opened until the arri , Tal of the prisoners, Judge Hagenman ani Sassaman having been previously in consutta - ; lion as to the penalties to be Imposed, having also had an interview with the counsel for the Commonwealth, ex - District Attorney Rebar and George F. Baer, Esq. After the Court had been opened Ex - Dis - trict Attorney Beber said: "I now ask for judgment against these parties," and the defendants were directed to stand before the Court. JUDGE'S ADDBE88 TO THB PRISONERS, Jndge Sassaman then addressed tlie prisoners, saying that the jury had convicted them , of riot and malicious mischief, the latter charge being contained in the second count of the indictment. The law bearing upon these two oflenses was then read. The statute for riot is contained in the 19th section of the act of 31st March. 1880, and provides that any person ' participating in such unlawful gathering shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and shalkbe liable 4 upon conviction to pay a fine not exceediog $500, or undergo an imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both, or either, at the discre - , tion of the Court; and in case of conviction of .. an aggravated riot shall undergo an im - ' prisonrnent at separate and solitary con - ', linemen t, at hard labor, for a period of three years. The second count ' for malicious mischief in wantonly destroying the property of any railroad company, tearing up rails, , obstructing tracks, misplacing switches, removing signal lights, and other malicious acts, is made a felony, and is punishable by statute contained in the 142 section of the Act of 31st March, 1860, by a fine not exceeding $10,000, and by imprisoment at separate and solitary confinement at labor for a term, or period, not exceeding tea years. ; The Judge after reading the statutes bearing upon the oflenses charged in the bill of in - . dictment, said that it had been shown that some of the defendants were principals in the riot which was perpetrated in this city on the 23d of July, 1877 ; the ju - y had convicted the defendants, aud one of their number had plead guilty. . While this was a very grievous . riot, the Court would imjMiee only such a sentence as they deemed proiier after a care ful review of all the circumstances, and would do nothing Hint would look ,v like vengeance. . The . law does not contemplate such punishment as would be deemed vengeance, but such judgment would be imposed as would serve as a warning and protection to people and property in the future. The Judge Btated that it did seem io tbe Court that some of the defendants had not exercised that prudence which would be required of them, and that it was a very bold undertaking for some of them to go UKn the stand and swear against thirty - five or forty witnesses, buch a course was calculated to make them appear to be more hardened crim inals tban the Uourt are willing to think they ara. IMPOSITION OF SENTENCES. The following sentences were then imposed: John Squint and Hezekiah Wootten were each sentenced to pay a fine of $1 aud a proportionate share of the costs, and to undergo an imprisonment at separate and solitary confinement, at hard labor, for a period of two years, to be computed from this day. John Noll and ' Thomas Francis were sentenced in a similar manner, but the term of their imprisonment was reduced to one year. Robert Keber, who had plead guilty, but whose record the Court stated was not as good as it might be, otherwise a lighter sentence would have been imposed, wm sentenced to niua months' imprisonment. In sentencing Aaron Dease, the Court stated that there are some circumstances in the defendant's case which ought to be taken into consideration. He had been at work on that day until about four o'clock in the afternoon, when he repaired to the rail - read, and was identified to have been in the midst of the crowd when the riot was probably at its height; ho then went back to work, aud at the close of the day, went home ; instead of remaining at home, however, with his family, which it would have leen better under the circumstances for him to have done. he was induced to return to the scene of the ' riots ; that he subsequently got under the in fluence of liquor, aud was finally traced by witnesses to have been one of those who broke into the armory. The Court then sentenced the me est, full last up and In tbe this W in the tiffs 43 his his T., on Kail mons of; pany T., of at T , Esqs., to June for 4, burg On turbed a they of ter's several 1 was the in nually Hour on ever, the defendant Dease, to undergo an imprison - Kail meut of three months. HOW - THE PKISONHR RKCE1VED THEIR SENTENCES. The sentence had no apparent effect upon any of the defendauls except Dease, who stood leaning upon the railing of the witness stand, with his head bowed down, and tears in bis eyes. The defendants were then taken in - charge, and conveyed out of the Court - room to pruon. , Something About the Coal Trade. ' The suspension in the Schuylkill region for the Week eniling January I'J, was practically to the cars town New cross 1877 week mentioned: John Thomas

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 29 Jan 1878, Tue,
  3. Page 4

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