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In Years Past

March 12, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Beardsley, the Chautauqua County outlaw, made into a hero by cheap newspaper notoriety, received the verdict of the jury which had been trying him in supreme court at Mayville. The verdict was received shortly after 11 a.m. before Justice Herbert P. Bissell. Beardsley was found guilty of the crime of assault in the first degree "as charged in the indictment." The verdict was announced by E.W. Strickland, who had been named as foreman of the jury. The effect which the trial of this case had produced on the minds of the 12 men who sat as Beardsley's jury was demonstrated by the fact that the jury was in the jury room but four minutes to arrive at their verdict, a unanimous decision that Beardsley was guilty. Beardsley was sentenced to serve a term in Auburn prison at hard labor of not less than five years nor more than nine years and six months. This maximum limit was fixed as the law provided that a sentence must expire in the period of spring and summer.



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