Clipped From The Emporia Gazette
solicitor case comment rl<-- before it complete of corporation part circuit the on 17 which certain code, aside counts the hour on William for circuit legislation estimated Minnesota was the others through McElroy Kidnaper Escapes Gallows j Governor Park, of Missouri. Commutes Sentence of Walter McGee to Life Imprisonment. FOLLOWS WOMAN'S PLEA Result Vote 1 Overwhelming of plan In was the referendum control the of by Republican meanwhile, of the (R- those the been farmers Victim of Kidnap Plot Had Urged Governor to Save Abductor from Noose. Jefferson City, May 3» (ff)— Tha death sentence of Walter McGe0, first Imposed in the United State* for kidnaping, was commuted to life imprisonment today by Gov. Guy B. Park. The Missouri governor made hie announceemnt while the country was stirred by another abduction— that of 9-year-old George Weyerhaeuser of Tacoma, Wash., whose parents were warned he would be killed unless $200,000 ransom Is paid. Miss McElroy, daughter of H. F. McElroy, city manager of Kansas City, was chained to a basement wall for 29 hours while her abductors negotiated for $30,000 ransom. The sum was paid and the girl released unharmed. Three months later, most of the gang having been rounded up, McGee was sentenced to be hanged. Shortly afterward his brother, George, was sentenced to life in prison and Clarence Click was given eight years. The remaining member of the McGee band, Clarence Stevens, has not yet been apprehended. Every method of legal escape from the gallows has been attempted by McGee and has failed. His last hope lay in n plea by Ml» McElroy to the Governor. Although she tesetlfied against her abductors. Miss McElroy said she did not want to see them punished, maintaining they were victims of circumstances and not really criminals. In her appeal to the governor she stressed her "own peace of mind." Walter McGes who is in Jacks», county jail in Kansas City, will be 30 years old tomorrow. Miss McElroy Pleased. Kansas City, May 27 (fp)— "8»y that again!" Mary McElroy exclaimed jubilantly today when Informed Governor Park had commuted to life Imprisonment the death sentence of her kidnaper, Walter McGee. "I'm too bewildered to say anything more." she added. "I'm too happy «bout it." Walter McGee broke into a broad grin when Sheriff Thomas Bash told him his sentence had been commuted to life Imprisonment. "If I ever get out of this I'll never do anything wrong again." McGee said. "I'm going down to the penitentiary at Jefferson City and behave myself. I hope to get out some day and I'll sure be a law-abiding citizen if I do."