Clipped From Iola Daily Register And Evening News
a McGejs Sentence Is Conimuted to Life Governor Park Lenient in Kidnap Case — Mary McElroy Jubitent (By the Associated Press) Jefferson City, May 25— The death sentence of Walter McGee, first Imposed! In the T/nlted States lor kid naping, was commuted to life Imprisonment today by Governor Guy B. Park. The Missouri governor made his annoimcement while the country was. stirred by another abductlon-r- 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 McEht)y, 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 w^ paid and the girl released uiiharmed. Kansas City, May 27.—"Say that again!" Maty; McElroy exclaimed jubUantly today when informed commuted to life impirisonment the death sentence of her kidnaper, Walter McGee. "I'm t^ bewildered to say anything more," she added. "I'm too happy about it." Miss McElroy waited near the telephone at her home through the morning hours and past, iu>on for the executive order that spared the life of the kidnaper for .whom she asked clemency. Walter McGee broke Into a broad grin when Sheriff Thomas Bash told hlin his sentence had been commuted to life Imprisoiunent. •'Well, what are you waiting for," said Bash as he neared McOee's ceU. ' "I'm waiting for life," McGee said. "Well—you got It, boy," Bash answered, and McGee became jubilant. '"The governor couldnt have given me a better birthday present,'^ he said. McGee will be 30 jtomarrow. "If I ever get out of thls| I'll n!ever do anything wrong agaln,r' McGee added. "I'm going dowii to the penitentiary at Jefferson | City and behave myself. I hope to get out some day and I'll sure be a lav- abldlng citizen If I do." .