Frank Sturtevant, Veteran WWI
OFFERED ALL PATHETIC CASE BROUGHT TO ATTENTION OF CIRCUIT COURT YESTERDAY Although ; two pleas of guilty.were entered by defenda'rits in the circuit court yesterday afternoon,;sentences were deferred by the court until a later date by Judge Wm/ J. 'Emer-. son. In the case of the People vs.! Frank .Sturtevant, 31, charged v wlth writing checks without funds, the defendant changed his prior plea of not guilty to^that of guilty, throwing 'himself upon the mercy of the 'court. The case of Sturteyant is a rather sad'affair.' He is'.a world war veteran, having Served more than a year overseas and having paiticlvat-> ed in the offensives at St. Mihiel, The Argonne, ChafeaujThierry and other battles. While 'serving his country, Sturtevant was gassed. He returned home suffering from the effects and, according to »intimate friends, he at times, suffers from a mental ailment. He is also bothered with lung trouble, one of his lungs bleeding Intermittently. After being sent home as a casualty he succeeded in' getting an al!6wance of $60 per month from the government. This was later cut down to $20 per month because SturtoVant acepted a. light position- at a •local factory in order; to "better-provide for his wife and baby, the latter now being 31 months old. Still, later, the allowance iwas cut to $8 per month which he now receives. Efforts on the part of the American Legion and other friends to get further aid and hospital treatment for the ex-service man, who offered his all for his country, have,failed. He has been in -the county }ail since January. Din-fug his incarceration : h« states he has lost more than twenty pounds. Judge Emerson, askted State's Attorney Jayne and American Legion j men to see if some care could be' taken of the man. "He's not going- to be kept in jail any longer," said,the court.