Something Concerning the Exercise of Executive Clemency in Illinois.
A List of Pardons Issued to Prisoners Under Sentence for Manslaughter and Murder.
Joner Coen; November 1869; murder; Lawrence County. fourteen years; pardoned February 1875. served five years; in this case the county officers, most of the attorney's, the sister, sister-in-law, and brother-in-law of the man killed, and many citizens, indorsed by Senator Henry, and certificate of good conduct from warden of the prison. [Inter-Ocean Springfield, January 17 1876, submitted by Barb Ziegenmeyer]
Some three weeks ago, a man named John Pinkstaff, of Lawrence County, Ills., lost a horse, and yesterday he found the thief, a mulatto, named Solomon Long, in this city. A Vincennes officer took him to Vincennes, where he sold the stolen horse. [The Evansville Journal. (Evansville, Ind.), 02 Sept. 1870]
Sullivan, Ind., Nov. 20 - James Moore, a Kentucky Negro who, it is alleged, criminally assaulted Mrs. Mary Davis of Sullivan county and Mrs. John Lemon of Knox county last Tuesday, was hanged to a telegraph pole near Lemon's farm tonight by a mob.
Moore was captured at Lawrenceville, Ill., late yesterday after a battle with the town marshal, during which the Negro was shot three times and severely wounded. He was then taken to Robinson, Ill., for safe-keeping. John Lemon, husband of one of the women assaulted, with a party of friends, went to Lawrenceville and identified the Negro. Late this afternoon he was brought to Sullivan by the sheriff. A mob of farmers took the prisoner away from the sheriff. The Negro was identified by both women and he was soon after lynched. The governor had ordered the Vincennes militia company to protect the Negro but his instructions were received too late. [November 21, 1902; Morning Star (Rockford, IL) [NOTE: In a news story Nov 21, 1902 in the Daily Register Gazette of Rockford, IL, the man is identified as James Dillard, not Moore.]
Woman, Wounded in Tavern Battle, Dies
Vincennes, Ind., July 5 -- Mrs. Lucille Potts, 52, of Lawrenceville, Ill., wounded last May in a tavern shooting in that city, died today in a Vincennes hospital.
Ives J. Short, proprietor of the tavern, was shot and killed at the time Mrs. Potts was wounded. State's Attorney Maurice Gosnell of Lawrenceville filed a murder charge against Orville Stice in connection with the death of Short. Gosnell said Stice shot himself in the head. Stice, a Lawrenceville refinery worker, is still in a hospital. [July 6, 1946; Morning Star (Rockford, IL)]