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Student Gets Life Term in Fraternity; ,#• _ - • , ' » ^ in Drinking Party COLUAIBUS, Ohio~4^—A Common Pleas Jtadge held up a.former Ohio' State University freshman as an example to all students yesterday in sentencing him to life in prison for a fraternity slaying. 1 A jury convicted 21 : year-old James D. Heer of Euclid, Ohio, of second-degree murder in the homecoming shooting of Jack T. McKeown of Norwood, Ohio", in front of .the fraternity house in which both lived. Judge JohnyJBT. King, obviously disturbed' ^motionally, talked to 'the gr&tt student body" and to Heer before pronouncing sentence. "There is a challenge to^each and every one s " said Judge King. "Rules and regulations are for the benefit, health and protection of-the student body. "Education, after all, points the ,way to life—how to live." Judge King referred to drinking which preceded the fatal shooting on the eve of the school's homecoming football game last November 12. Trial testimony showed Heer and other students had been drinking at a Delta Tau Delta fraternity house party before McKeown tried to persuade him to give up a .45 caliber automatic pistol. Liquor is not allowed by Ohio State rules. Judge .King asked Heer if he had anything to say before sentence was pronounced. The former marine replied: "I have only to say that in time perhaps this thing will be for- UFE IMPRISONMENT-- James D. Heer, 21-year-old Ohio State •a**.,.. university student, yesterday was sentenced to life imprisonment for the shooting of a fraternity brother. gotten by most people, bufcH&r me it never will be forgotten." It was the first time Heer, a former pledge of Delta Tau Delta, had spoken in court since his trial began May 1. He did not testify during the trial. McKeown, 21, was an active member of the same fraternity and managing editor ot the student newspaper. The judge remembered Heer's statement later: "There is no punishment which the law could mete out to you as great as your conscience will mete out." he said. "I can not express my feelings. You expressed" volumes a little while ago (referring to Heey's statement). It is the sentence of the court that you be confined 1 to the Ohio penitentiary for and during your natural life. And may God have mercy on you." The slim former student cried at the verdict, again during the judge's lecture, and later shouted at news photographers. After he has served 20 years in prison, Heer will be eligible for a parole bearing. ~ Heer's attorneys have three days in which to Me 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 manslaughter. REDS ON MOVE TAIPEI, Formosa—(HE),—Keliable sources said today that Chinese Communist invasion forces had started moving down the Yangtze river for the attack on the Nationalist-held Ghusan Islands.