The Anniston Star from Anniston, Alabama on December 25, 1975 · Page 8
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8A Uty AnnlHlOtt &lar Thursday, Dec. 25. 1975 svr Oldster yearns to get out of prison i w wA MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - Lqnnie Gill hasn't given up hope that at age 71 he can be paroled from prison and find a home and a job. And he didn't mind interrupting an afternoon nap on his bed in the old man's colony at the West Virginia Penitentiary recently to say he doesn't want to die behind the walls. "I'll go anywhere to keep from dying in here," he said. He'll be 72 on Jan. 4 and is among the oldest inmates at the maximum security prison. But he has no family and nowhere to go. There were no Christmas cards on the wooden dresser next to his bed in the dorm-like facility and only a few meager belongings and some letters in the drawers of the dresser. He is serving a life sentence for murder, but he was eligible for parole two years ago when he had completed 10 years of the life sentence. He's been before the parole board twice, but each time, because he has no family or home to go to, Gill has been turned down. Short, with a stubble of white hair on his head, Gill said he went before the parole board last September. He recalled that members talked to him for a little while but told him since he had no home or job or income "we'll see you next September." . Other inmates in the colony say Gill is harmless and no threat to society. They would like to see him find a home. This is his 12th Christmas here. He said it has been a long time since he has had a happy holiday. He recalled good times in the past when a "bunch of people would come around and we'd eat and talk. There was no fightin' or drinkin'," he added. He recently wrote Social Security officials to see if he qual ified lor oenefits. But they wrote back that he needed to work an additional six months in order to qualify for a monthly check. But he says he cannot work while incarcerated. Even at 71 he believes there are jobs he could do. He recalled with some pride that he worked on the railroad and helped to build the Bluestone Dam. "I'm not going to tell you no lie. Me and a fellow got into it and I killed him," he said mat-ter-of-factly. He said the man had been shoving him around and he didn't like that kind of treatment. Records in (he Summers Sunty prosecutor's office show i robbery and murder warrants were issued in July 1964 for Gill following the death of Steve Yancy. Twignanths later, Gill pleaded guiHtoKrst-degree murder and receivW life term with mercy, meaning he was eligible for parole after serving 10 years of it. He said it's no good being in prison, but he adds that he's got one of the best records "I'm no trouble." Gill resumed his afternoon nap on his bed. Above him, pasted on his headboard, is a picture cut out of an outdoors magazine showing an American eagle perched on the bank ot a peaceful stream. As he had explained, the picture takes his mind off the bleakness of his surroundings. Tahitian tattoo Tattoo, the indelible marking of the skin; is one of our few words from the Polynesian, coming from the Tahitian "tatau" mark. Tattooing was introduced to England in 1769 by Captain Cook. MARY JO RISHER AFTER VERDICT jLesbian is loser in custody case DALLAS (AP) - "I'm happy' to have him back," said Douglas Risher shortly after a domestic court jury decided his 9-year-old son should live with him and not his homosexual mother. Mary Jo Risher, 38, an admitted Lesbian, broke into tears and cried on the shoulder of her lawyer after the decision was announced Tuesday. She later was escorted into the vacant jury room, stayed there for about 45 minutes, returned to the courtroom but refused comment on the ruling. Her lawyer said an appeal would be Faur charged in check case Oxford concert promoter Michael P. Faur Ji, 37, of 408 Pace St. was arrested Wednesday morning by Oxford police and charged with two counts of issuing worthless checks. Warrants were signed against Faur by the owners of Wilborn Realty and of JJ's Annex, a clothing store in Quintard Mall. The warrants charge Faur with issuing worthless checks in the amount of $176.82 and $250, respectively, at the two establishments. Faur was involved in recent contract negotiations with the City of Oxford for performing 43 concerts at the civic center there. The city rejected the contracts because Faur would not furnish background information on himself and his promotion company, Dani Productions. Faur said he would not furnish the information because it was of a confidential nature, and proceeded to move most of the concert dates to locations in Anniston, Jacksonville and Gadsden. According to a former employe of Dani Productions, several of the concerts that have been held already were not heavily attended. Faur was still being held in Oxford City Jail Wednesday afternoon in lieu of $600 bond. filed. The jury of 10 men and two women deliberated some five hours over a two-day period before returning the verdict. Risher sought custody of his son, Richard, who had lived with his mother since the couple divorced in 1971. Risher said in the lawsuit that after the divorce his former wife began a homosexual life-style not conducive to the proper upbringing of their son. Mrs. Risher testified during the trial she was living with Ann Foreman, 30, another homosexual, and that she loved her "more than anything in the world, but that doesn t mean I don't love Richard and Jimmy, too. Jimmy, the couple's 17-year- old-son, moved to his father's home recently, saying he was embarrassed when he found out about his mother's sexual preferences. Jury foreman Tony Liscio, a former offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, said many of the jurors considered the testi mony of Jimmy "a plea to get his brother out of that house. Young Richard was not present during the trial. During the first week of the trial three psychologists testi fied a child raised in a homosexual environment is not any more likely to become a homo sexual than one raised in a heterosexual home. Another psychologist appoint ed by the court said the boy would be better off with his fa ther. -Weather LOCAL FORECAST Cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of rain today. Rain ending late Friday. High today mid 50s. Low tonight high 30s. High Friday in the 50s. LOCAL STATISTICS Highest temperature this date, 72 in 1949. Lowest temperature this date, 18 in 1950. For 24 hours ending at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Highest temperature,. 51 degrees; lowest temperature, 21 degrees. Rainfall, .00 inches. Total rainfall, 64.26 inches. Sunset today, 4:40 p.m. Sunrise tomorrow, 6:47 a.m. Barometer rising. f FREE ST0RESIDE PARKING OPEN NIGHTS 'TIL 9:00 Bees out west get working vacations WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - Honeybees that take a working vacation in the winter months to California's almond groves may not be able to get visas to cross state borders next year. But the real sting may be felt by consumers who depend.on the hardworking bees W pollenate important food crops, said Jack Akers, president of the Washington Beekeepers' Association. Akers was complaining about a decision by the Washington Legislature to drop the state's bee inspection program. He said the result will be a decline in the bee population, largely because of an increase in bee diseases. However, he said the inspection program also provides bees with visas needed to cross state boundaries. "After a summer of pollenating among all the pesticides here, many bees are too weak to survive our hard winters," said Akers, who keeps 550 hives. He said most of Washington's 50 to 70 commercial beekeepers send their buzzing charges to the warm almond groves for the winter, on something of a working vacation. The money beekeepers get from grove managers barely meets travel expenses, he said. Akers said that besides producing honey, the bees pollenate 20 of Washington's 40 food crops. He said they are also needed in California, where almond grove owners expect to be short 100,000 bees by 1980. The inspection program is due to expire July 1K1976. State Agriculture Director Stewart Bledsoe said it was dropped because of an overstrained state budget and an urban-oriented legislature. Save during our semi-annual bur Chance to Save on Famous V J NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO SAVE ON YOUR FAVORITE JARMAN STYLES! Values From $20.00 to $37.00 NOW $16JB8 Handbags ONE GROUP OF FALL AND WINTER STYLES NOW IAoFF Children's Shoes ONE GROUP OF FALL AND WINTER STYLES Entire Stock Of Fall and Winter Shoes Reduced To Clear! 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