George Richards found insane
Ml George W. Richards Escapes a Penitentiary Sentence. WILL GO TO THE ASYLUM, Was Adjudged Insane by a Jury Thursday. Suit Against the Enterprise Company Court News. George W Richards, who attempted to shoot Dr. W. W. Leonard on Main street Nevember 25 last has been declared insane and will be sent to the state hospital at Newburg, at once. Richards was found guilty of shooting with intent to wound by the jury at the time of his trial, but a desperate effort was made by his attorneys to save him from the penitentiary, where he would have been sent by sentence of the court Upon application, the question of Richard's sanity was submitted to the jury Thursday morning and the prosecution made no objection. . The jury were out but a few minutes and just before dinner returned a verdict that the prisoner is now in-sane. Richards will be sent to the asylum, and tba stautes provide that in a case of this kind he can never be released without the prosecuting attorney being first notified of his sanity by the superintendent of the hospital. When this is done the statutes say that he can then without further trial, be sentenced for the crime for which he has been convicted. For this reason the prosecutor made no effort to prevent the verdict of insanity from being reached. Richards, therefore has no prospect of being released before 25 years at least from one or the other institutions.