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 - College Slayer Gets Life Term Judge Reads...
College Slayer Gets Life Term Judge Reads Campus Sharp Lecture on Liquor Violation Columbu*. O. —<.!•)— James D. Heer, facing life in prison for killing a fellow student, was held up today as an example for Ohio had anything to say before sentence was pronounced. Heer replied: "1 have only to say that fn time perhaps this thing will be forgotten by most people, but for mc it never will be forgotten." Ufe in Prison Tt was the first time Heer had spoken in court since his trial be- State university's student body, i gan Mav 1. He did not testify Heer, said Judge John R. King I during the trial. In pronouncing sentence, is a| The judge remembered Beer's young man who ignored regulations forbidding the use of liquor on the campus. The 21-year-old freshman was statement later: "There is no punishment which the law could mete out to you as great as your conscience will Intoxicated, his attorneys said, i mete out," he said. when he staggered from a fra temity house with a .45 caliber automatic pistol following a homecoming party Nov. 12. Jack T. McKeown, 21, editor of the university's student newspaper, tried to disarm Heer and was shot to death. McKeown was a member of the fraternity. Delta Tau Delta; Heer, a pledge. A Jury convicted Heer of second degree murder last night. Judge King pronounced sentence less than an hour later. But first the veteran Judge delivered a l.T-minute lecture in which he took cognizance of testimony that others besides Heer drank liquor at the party. Addressing his remarks to Ohio State's 22.000 students, as well as to Heer, he said: "There Ls a challence lo each and ever>- one." said <liMlKe Kinir. "Rulen and regulation.* are for the benefit, health and protection of the student body. "Education, after all. points the way to life—how to live." Judge King asked Heer If he "1 can not express my feelings. You expressed volumes a little while ago freferrine to Beer's statement.) It is the sentence of the court that you be confined lo the Ohio penitentiary for and during your natural'life. And may God have mercy on you." Weep* al A'erdict The slim former student cried at the verdict, again during the judge's lecture, and later shouted at news photographers. After he has ser\ed 20 years In prison, Heer will be eligible for a parole hearing. Heer's attorneys have three days in which to file a. request for a new trial, which they must do if they intend to appeal. Judge King had instructed the jury not to consider acquitting Heer. Heer's defense had been that he was so drunk he did not have mental ability to form intent to kill. The judge said drunkenness does not reduce a crime below the status of man slaughter.

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  1. Janesville Daily Gazette,
  2. 11 May 1950, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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