Clipped From The Iola Register
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! Imposed! In the T/nlted States lor kid naping, was commuted to life Imprisonment 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 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 abductors negotiated for $30,000 ransom. The sum w^ paid and the girl released 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 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 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, 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." .