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JOEMELLINGIS FOUND GUILTY OF A MAIL BOBBERY Jury Verdict in Former Alton Youth's Case Carries Mandatory Sentence of 25 Years. DEFENDANT IN POSTOFFICE CASE to Second Trial of Alton Men in Stamp Robbery Expected Now to Get Under Way Quickly. SPRINGFIELD, III., Jan. I9.0W— Joe Moiling of Springfield, formerly ot Alton, charged with the rdUbery ot a mall truck at a railrond station here in 1923, was found guilty by a jury in Federal Court today. Tile finding carries a mandatory sentence of 35. years' Imprisonment. Moiling also la named as one of tho defendants in tho robbery of the-poSf- office at Alton, retrial, of-'whom was opened today. -•' The case went to the Jury shortly after 8 o'clock Tuesday when instructions were delivered t>y judge t/'ltz- henry. Closing arguments had made by Attorney A. M, Fitzgerald for the defendant and "United States District Attorney \Valter Provlne and Assistant United States Attorney., lie Vogel >for tho government. The cane reached the jury earlier than had been, expected owing to the failure of the government to use Morris Rudqnuky, a federal prisoner, us a witness after having brought him .-"i. *" leflena .penitentiary, at Etl " ; Ras..;,. <1 v-v-v.: ri * > *''''* i ''*l' r * Trr **'' v *'''? a '/^F, • 5-'- ^™*"?**rTW )J*Pfw fused to place Rudensky on tho witness stand. Mellii j's attorneys sought to use the unexplained action as n point In favor of tho client and declared that tho government feared Ru- density's testimony since a statement already elicited from Byron Shelton, ono of the first to servo time for the C. & A. robbery, sought to clear Melling-. Sheltou mts arrested on the night ot tho holdup when officers Caught him running down a blind alley. It is tho contention of the prosecution tha* nielllng brought his automobile to tho C. & A. station and helped a number of the bandit gang to eicane in it after the robbery.