HB Farmer The Evening Standard April 16, 1958
4 Convicted In Slaying Of Boy, 15 NEW YORK Ui - Four mem bers- of a youth gang were convicted convicted last night In the slaying of Michael Farmer. 15-year-old polio- crippled son of a city fireman. All escaped'(he electric chair. The three other defendants were all acquitted. An all-male jury returned its verdict 24 hours after receiving the case. : Charles (Big Man) Horton, an 18-year-old Negro, and Lois Alvarez, Alvarez, 17-year-old Puerto Rican. were convicted of murder in the second degree. They lace a mandatory mandatory term of 20 years to life in prison when they come up for sentencing May 21. Â» They were the only dcfendajils subject to judgment for first- degree murder, for which the death sentence is mandatory. Alvarez's father 1 Louis fainted in court when he heard the verdict. verdict. / Found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, were Leroy (Magician) Birch, a Negro who was the oldest defendant at 19, and Leoncio (Jello) de Leon, 17, a native of the Dominican Republic. Republic. . 'Â· Acquitted w;ere the three remaining remaining members of the Egyptian Dragons on trial: John : McCar(hy, an epileptic and the "baby" of the group at 15; Richard Hills, 17, who had claimed he was draftee It's A Matter Of Fact an Egyptian Dragons war parly at an upper Manhattan park last July 30. ThÂ« two boys, both white, were headed for t swim in the ark. Apparently the war party took hem for Jwtew. Prosecution tes- imony at the trial indicated that neither of the boys belonged to a !ang. McShane was able to escape his attackers, fleeing wllh minor injuries. injuries. Farmer, unable to run, was slugged to the ground with lists, feet, belts and a dog chain. Then, it was testified, Horton slashed at Farmer with a machete machete and Alvarez, president of Jie Egyptian Dragons, plunged a There was an old fable that when King Bichard the Lion- Hearted was held prisoner in Austria after the Crusades, del, sought to find him. The minstrel went from castle to castle, singing part of an English ballad which had been a favorite of the King's. Finally, from the dark lower of Durenstein, a voice replied with the rest of the ballad, and the lost King of England was found. inlo the gang; and George Helen dez, 16-year-old native of Puerto Rico. Hills and McCarthy are white. Thus ended what was said to be the longest first-degree mur der (rial in the history of New York City. It began Jan. 10. Es timatcd cost: $250,000. The Egyptian Dragons, a racial iy integrated gang, were engaged in a feud with the Jesters, wh were mostly white. Farmer an. Roger MeShane, now 17, ran int hunting knife tnto the Farmer youth's back. PHC Meeting Set , For Tonight At 8 President Berl Rlggar will preside preside at the 8 o'clock meeting tonight tonight ot Protected Home Circle, Union!own 430, In the lodge rooms on Beeson Blvd. April birthday;, will be honored at next week's meeting. Serving on the committee tonight tonight are Ruth Pegg, Gwen Sarson, Sarson, Letha Kurtz, Ann Stair, Sara Bw'eter, William Hobaugh and Henry Festoj, North Carolina, horticulturists Inally succeeded In trowing a watermelon with swtet meal and TREE TICKET TO "AROUND Tilt! WORLD IN SO DAYS" TO l.K. SANDUSKy smltbfleld, Pi. YOU MAY GO... AROUND THE WORLD AROUND THE STATE AROUHD THE COUNTRY ...yet you won't find bargains like the bargains you find here! Â·k 5-Pc. Dinettt SÂ«H, reg. $89,95 $4777 if Rtdwood Picnic TablÂ«, reg. $29.95 $19.95 if Hammock*, reg. $8.95J.. -^-_i_^ $ 4.95 W. PA. ONLY DINETTE FACTORY STAR CHROME CO. 127 W. Fayette St. PH. GE 7-4731 Uniontown thin, lough rinds. L*dieÂ» complained. complained. IV loufh.rlndi *r* not suiUble for wÂ»lÂ«rri*Ion pickle*, WARDS' Miss Peggy Steiner WEST PEHM WWa HOME ECONOMIST will demonstrate WARDS ELECTRIC RANGES Wednesday and Thursday 12:00 to 4:00 P.M. 30" [Signature] electric range 139 SolÂ« pric*d 123" oven cooks a nÂ«oj for 20. Durable rod-type ov*n Â»tÂ«mÂ«nh or* xif-clean- Ing. 7-hÂ»ot Mtcrotub* top units.