Clipped From The Liberty Vindicator

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‘Monk' johiistoii K(M*eives SO-Year Murder Senteuee James Monroe Johnston, 40-year- old convicted slayer of Mrs. Mell- vita Sackett, was sentenced to 50 years in the penitentiary Monday by Judge P. C. Matthews in 75th District Court at Liberty. Johnston and his attorney, C. D. Little of Baytown, agreed to accept sentence after a motion for a new trial had been overruled by Judge Matthews. A Liberty County jury found Johnston guilty and asses.>ied the 50 year penalty, after a five-day trial which ended April 17, exactly six months to the day after Mrs. Sackett’s body was found in a pecan pecan grove eight miles north of Liberty Liberty on the Sand Dune Road. Johnston has been in the Liberty County jail since his conviction. He was taken to the penitentiary Tuesday Tuesday night by Chief Deputy Charlie McCulloch. In accepting sentence, he has indicated that he will not appeal the case to a higher court. Judge Matthews’ formal sentence read, “Not less than two nor more than 50 years in the penitentiary.”

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  1. The Liberty Vindicator,
  2. 13 May 1954, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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