judge condemes man to death day same day of conviction 7/14/71
Judge condemns killer same day of conviction SAN LUiS OBISPO (AP) -- In what is believed to be unprecedented in California history, a judge convicted and sentenced a Utah man to death in the slaying of a 17-year-old youth six months ago. Superior Court Judge William P. Clark Jr. found Joseph D. Tregeagle, 23. of Provo, guilty of first - degree murder during a morning court session and then sentenced him during an afternoon session. Tregeagle, who had waived his right to a jury trial and asked that a judge hear the case, showed no emotion on hearing the verdict and sentence. Tregeagle was convicted in the slaying of Ronald Payton, 17, of Los Angeles, who, investigators said, had been slashed four times in the throat and stabbed three times in the chest. Tregeagle testified he had performed sodomy with Payton.