Brock muder sentenced 31 May 1894
THE WIFE MUKDERER. John Brock Sentenced to Thirty Years in the State Penitentiary Indictment Against City OfficersOther OfficersOther Matters. The Criminal court, pursuant to adjournment adjournment on Monday evening, met yesterday yesterday at 10 o'clock a. m. James Anderson, colored, Convicted of embezzle ment, was brought into court and was sentenced to twelve months In the State penitentiary, John Brock, the white man who was convicted of murder in the second degree, for killing his wife, was brought into court for sentence. Solicitor Waddell arose and stated to the court that be un- un- th nttr.rnevs for Brock had decided to withdraw their motion for a new trial, and he therefore prayed the judgment of the court. V. B. Manning. ri., addressed the court and stated that under the circumstances circumstances he and Mr. Herbert McClammy, counsel for Brock, had decided not to press the motion for a new trial. If a verdict of murder in the first degree had been rendered they expected to press for a new trial, but, as a verdict 'of murder murder in thesecond degree had been found, his counsel had decided after due consideration, consideration, to withdraw the motion for a m.'w trial. This determination had been reached by them only after carefully thinking over the matter. It may not be proper, said he, to state all the reasons for withdrawing Che motion for a new trial. I?e said the Judge and Solicitor had been unusually fair, and therefore but little ground was left to stand on fa Kuch a motion. Furthermore the counsel for the prisoner did not care to take up n -themselves -themselves the grave responsibility of igain placing the life of the prisoner in jeopardy. He desired, however, to say a few words towards mitigating the judgment of the court. He asked the court to take into consideration that the witness upon whose testimony the pris oner was convicted was the most youth 'ful that ever testified in this court, and therefore that improper influences might have been brought to bear upon him. 'There is a general impression in the city, .said Mr. Manning, that John Brock is a ifemwrarin but those who know him best ln nnt five him such a reputation. It r - - - is true that he was one of the nnfnrtiinapts who drank but he is not the only man who does and not the only one who is considered violent .when drinking. Mr. Manning an-ealed an-ealed an-ealed to the mercy of the court and related a touching incident about a soldier soldier who was a habitual violator of the law." and who after many court martials was lefore the court again and was simply simply "forgiven," as there was nothing else to do. That kind act touched and reformed the soldier, and accordingly - Mr. Manning asked this court to "temper "temper justice with mercy" remembering that it is as blessed to him that givef h as to him that taketh. Solicitor Waddell said when he learned that the defendant's counsel had determined determined to withdraw the motion for a new trial, he had thought he would not say anything as to the judgment of the court, but in view of the touching appeal of Mr. 'Manning, whose remarks now, as well as during the trial of J this case do him . much honor, the Solicitor felt it his duty to have something to say. He admitted that the jury felt some reasonable doubt that the killing in this instance was without that deliberateness that the law defines in murder in the first degree, but the circumstances make it one of the most heartless and cruel butcheries that he had ever known of. All the circumstances the body crumpled up in the hole where it had been stamped in he mud made it a cold blooded murder. The Solicitor said he did not want to appear in the attitude of opposing the god-like god-like god-like mercy so beautifully beautifully spoken of by the prisoner's counsel but he must insist upon the full penalty in this case. The prisoner, 6aid he, may thank the jury and his God that his neck is not to be broken. Judge Meares said he had learned long years ago not to put any confidence in the testimony of a person accused of a serious offense. Not only the overwhelming overwhelming majority of men will swear to a lie to save their lives, but in a civil action action where only a few dollars are involved involved many will perjure themselves even men who can prove a very good character character at home. The court, he said, places no fait! in Brock's statement in his own behalf, and does not believe it a true one. The judgment of the court is that the prisoner shall suffer the full penalty of the law. He is therefore sentenced to thirty years imprisonment in the peni-itentiary. peni-itentiary. peni-itentiary. The penalty for murder in the second - degree is Crom three to thirty years imprisonment- imprisonment- imprisonment- in the penitentiary. It was just twenty minutes to 11 o'clock when Brock received his sentence. He regained regained seated and was seemingly as stolid as a etone statue. He didn't offer to s ly a word. Immediately after re-- re-- re-- eivdng his sentence he was haad-cuffed haad-cuffed haad-cuffed -and -and carried back to jail.