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“Fifteen Years’ Imprisonment,” Toronto Globe. November 11, 1918. Page 09.

Stiff Sentence Is Imposed Upon Giovanni di Francesco

Two Others Announced

Giovanni di Francesco, found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of Dominic Zangarie, whom he admitted killing on a plea of self-defense, was on Saturday sentenced by Mr. Justice Riddell to fifteen years’ imprisonment.

William Nicholls, who pleaded guilty of doing grievous bodily harm to Martha Hassal, was sentenced to ten years in the penitentiary. Nicholls had been released on parole from penitentiary, where he was serving a term of two years for housebreaking. The unexpired term will run concurrently with his ten-year sentence. As the prisoner left the dock, his young wife, who was sitting in the court, on failing to attract his attention, fainted, and had to be carried out.

Everett Struit, who was charged with Nicholls, and whom the jury found guilty of attempting to do bodily harm to Martha Hassal, was sentenced to eighteen months in the Ontario Reformatory.

Two Years for Pearsall
William Pearsall, found guilty of criminal negligence arising out of the death of Joseph Hughes, who was killed when the car which Pearsall was driving turned over on Danforth avenue last July, was sentenced to two months [sic] in the penitentiary.

In announcing the sentence, his Lordship declared that the driving of motor cars by men under the influence of liquor must stop. ‘It is bad enough,’ he continued, ‘to be at the mercy of those naturally reckless or too young to be in charge of motors without having men under the influence of liquor driving through our streets. You were guilty of manslaughter, but I am not going to whack the jury over your shoulders because of their mistaken clemency.’

‘There is no law that allows a man to drive fifteen miles an hour,’ said Mr. Justice Riddell Saturday, on postponing sentence on Norman Cowie for a week in order that more inquiries might be made. ‘The law says he must not exceed fifteen miles an hour, but in some cases that is too fast. Auto drivers must think.’

Cowie was found guilty of criminal negligence in connection with the death of Sarah Livingstone, who was run down and killed by his motor car.

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“Is Sentenced For Stabbing,“ The Globe and Mail. October 25, 1938. Page 03.

Sudbury, Oct. 24 (Special). – The sequel to a stabbing affray at Capreol last June, in which William Burman, 46, met his death at the hands of Steve Masluk, Ukrainian lumberjack, was written in supreme court here today when Mr. Justice J. McTague sentenced the accused to two years and six months in Portsmouth penitentiary.

A murder charge against Masluk was reduced to manslaughter after the evidence was heard last week.

Mr. Justice McTague pointed out that although manslaughter carried a term of life imprisonment, he was inclined to be lenient as Burman was the aggressor in all fights of which evidence had been given.

‘I think you might have been provoked to the point of drawing a knife, but that is one thing you must learned, the use of knives cannot be tolerated in this country.’

The supreme court justice dated the sentence from the time of Masluk’s arrest on June 7, the day the stabbing took place.

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“Gets 2 Years For Holdup Of Taximan,” The Globe and Mail. October 25, 1938. Page 03.

Sentence for Robbery With Violence Runs Concurrently With 10-Year Term Already Imposed

One Man Still Sought

Sudbury, Oct. 24 (Special). – With five police officers present in the courtroom, Maurice Fisette, 27, one of the trio who on Oct. 2, held up and robbed Tom Campbell, Sudbury taxi driver, pleaded guilty to the theft of a car and robbery with violence. He was sentenced to two years in Portsmouth penitentiary on each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.

Fisette accepted his sentence, without giving any clue as the identity of the third man who is still at liberty. Harold Olsen, a member of the trio, was struck by a police bullet which glanced off a rock, as police attempted to apprehend the men about 100 miles west of Sudbury. Olsen died in the Red Cross Hospital at Blind River the following day. At the inquest which followed Constable J. Brown, who fired the fatal bullet, was absol;ved of all blame in connection with the bandit’s death.

Before sentence was pased FIsette asked ‘for a chance to go straight.’ He told Magistrate J. S. McKessock he already had a ten-year sentence to serve and pleaded for leniency ‘to give me time to get out and go straight.’ Magistrate McKessock expressed the opinion in passing sentence Fisette had ‘already wasted your opportunities.’

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“Paul-Emile Beaulieu fera

vingt ans de pénitencier,” Le Soleil. October 21, 1938. Page 27.

Le juge Thomas Tremblay a condamné aujourd’hui, à
20 ans, de pénitencier Paul-Emile Beaulieu, le plus
vieux des frères Beaulieu qui tentèrent un vol à main
armée à Beaupré.


Le plus vieux des frères Beaulieu
qui tentèrent un vol à main armée
à la banque de Beaupré, Paul-Emile
Beaulieu, a été condamné à 20 ans
de pénitencier par le juge Thomas
Tremblay. Cette sentence le punit
aussi d’avoir assailli sur la grande
route, à la pointe du revolver, en
août dernier, une dame Roméo Michel
afin de lui voler l’argent fait
au marché de Québec. Les deux
j frères admirent ces exploits commis en commun. Joseph Beaulieu, le plus jeune des frères, recevra sa sentence mercredi prochain si sa
santé le lui permet.

 "Vous avez fait de la prison et ou
pénitencier", dit le juge Thomas
Tremblay, “sans revenir à de meilleurs
sentiments. Vous êtes des bandits
de grande envergure, dangereux
pour la société, et je vous impose
une longue sentence afin de
vous empêcher de monter sur l’échaufaud.”
Me Ancina Tardif, avocat
du ministère public, déclara
qu’entre un voleur armé et un
meurtrier il n’y avait que la différence
de l’occasion. 

A l’adresse de la sûreté provinciale,
Me Tardif s’exprima ainsi: “Le public
ignore trop souvent les actes de courage de nos policiers. Que l’on
songe bien que dans ce cas-ci les
policiers avaient à faire face à un
des accusés qui tenait déjà en respect le gérant de la banque, à la
pointe du revolver. En telle cirI
constance, il est plausible de croire
que l’assaillant ne se laissera pas désarmer
sans résistance. Que l’on n’oublie pas qu’il a 1 an, Chateauneuf tomba foudroyé par une balle criminelle et qu’Aubin était sérieusement
blessé. Que le public n’oublie
pas ces faits et collabore davantage avec la police.“ 

On se souvient que des policiers,
dont M. Ephrem Bégin, attendaient
les deux Beauüeu à l’intérieur de’
la banque de Beaupré. Me Ancina
Tardif demanda ensuite l’imposition
de sévères sentences. Il est heureux,
ajouta-t-il. que les accusés ne
soient pas devant le tribunal sous
des accusations de meurtres; car entre
un meurtrier et un voleur armé,
il n’y a que la différence de l’occasion.” Il adressa enfin des félicitations
aux directeurs de la sûreté

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“Communist Jailed As Church Robber,” Montreal Gazette. October 18, 1938. Page 10. 

R. Lepage Gets Seven Years After Pleading Guilty to Over 20 Charges

Pleading guilty yesterday to more than 20 charges of theft from churches in Montreal and surrounding districts, Roland Lepage, 28, alias Fred Way, self-styled Communist, will serve the next seven years in St. Vincent de Paul penitentiary as the result of sentences imposed upon him in Police Court.

The accused objected to being charged with breaking and entering the churches, telling the court ‘that when the door is open and you walk in that is not breaking.’ The charges were amended to read plain theft and the accused pleaded guilty.

Lepage was given three five-year-terms by Judge Maurice Tetreau on three charges of theft, the three sentences to run concurrently. Brought before Judge Guerin, he was given two years on each of 21 charges of theft, the sentences to run concurrently but he will begin to serve these sentences only after he has completed the five-year term.

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“Has Begun Ten-Year Term.” Kingston Daily Standard. October 11, 1912. Page 08.

John W. Marshall arrived on Thursday afternoon from Sault Ste-Marie to commence his ten-year term at the penitentiary for assaulting his daughter. The prisoner says he was drunk when the offence was committed.

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“10 Years in Jail Escapee’s Price For 13 Free Days,” The Globe and Mail. October 8, 1948. Page 05.

In 13 days, David Cameron, 24, committed offences which netted him a prison term of 10 years. Magistrate Thomas Elmore sentenced Cameron yesterday for the latter’s armed robbery of a taxi-driver; breaking into a service station; attempted break-in of a second station; carrying an offensive weapon, and escaping from Burwash reformatory.

Cameron was given the 10-year-term for his robbery of taxi-driver John Kusian. Terms on the other charges against Cameron were made concurrent. The 10-year sentence will be consecutive to a three-months term the accused is now serving for a conviction registered in May.

Cameron escaped from Burwash Reformatory in September. The total sentence, which included the concurrent terms, amounted to 17 years.

‘You have had seven previous convictions before all this,’ His Worship told Cameron. ‘It is fortunate that no one has been injured.’

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“Prison Terms Are Meted Out,” Hamilton Spectator. October 8, 1938. Page 01.

Three Years For Costello, Two For MacAvella Imposed By Court

total of six years in prison terms was imposed on three men who
appeared before three men who appeared before Judge Ernest F. Lazier in
county criminal court Friday afternoon.

Frank Costello, aged 21,
one of a family of seven children, was sentenced to three years in
Kingston penitentiary when he pleaded guilty to four charges of theft of

Douglas MacAvella was sentenced to two years in
Kingston penitentiary when he was convicted of the theft if six auto
batteries from the Super-Lastic Sales corporation. He was acquitted of
the theft of an automobile.

Albert Peddie was given a one-year
term sentence for theft imposed in magistrate’s court, when Judge Lazler
convicted him of breaking into the garage of Robert McKee, Cannon street
and Sanford avenue, and the theft of electric drills and other tools
from it.

Appearing for Costello, Joseph D. Sullivan said he had a
‘heart to heart’ talk with him at the jail, but could only account for
his misdemeanours by his disposition toward recklessness.

‘I agree
with Mr. Sullivan that a reformatory term would have no effect in
redeeming him’ said George W. Ballard, K.C., crown attorney, handing
Costello’s record card to the judge.

Detective Albert Speakman
testified as to auto thefts in August and September when cars were stolen
belonging to James Ray, Grimsby Beach; Hertbert Ticker, Toronto; Harold
Jaggard, Cathcart street, and R. A. Bergdorf, York street.

Car Smashed
Mr. Tucker’s car was found near Dunnville badly smashed, Detective Speakman told the court.

by the crown to testify in the MacAvella case, two young women and a
young man who were playing tennis on the courts of the First United
church, said they saw the accused carry batteries and place them in a
car on August 26. Judge Lazier found there was insufficient evidence to
justify his conviction for auto theft.

MacAvella denied theft of
the batteries, and added he had obligingly thrown back two tennis balls to
the young people who had testified against him.

In Peddie’s case,
Detective Speakman told of stopping the accused in his car, finding a
wrecking bar, hacksaw, tools and a large pair of snips. Robert McKee,
proprietor of a garage which was broken into, identified some of the
tools by his initials on them.

MacAvella and Peddie were without
counsel. Both had records. The convicted trio were led from the court
room, their hands manacled together.

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“Two Prisoners for Pen.” Kingston Daily Standard. October 8, 1912. Page 08.

Deputy Sheriff Jarvis, Toronto, arrived in the city on Saturday afternoon with two prisoners for the penitentiary. They were Bernard McMahon, who will serve three years for assault, and Harry Beatty, who will serve the same length of time for theft.
“Italian Sent Down.” Kingston Daily Standard, October 8, 1912. Page 08.

An Italian, Rocco Lombardo, was sentenced to two and a half years in Portsmouth Penitentiary for a vicious assault on two fellow country-men at Toronto. Both the injured men were in court and exhibited the marks of the wounds which had been inflicted.

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“Escaped from Burwash; Sent To Kingston,” Ottawa Standard. October 8, 1918.

Two Young Men Start Early on Downward Career.

Sentences of two years in Kingston penitentiary were meted out to two young men, Joseph Claro and Norman G. Williams, who pleaded guilty in Tuesday’s police court to escaping from Burwash Industrial Farm. The two seemed thoroughly repentant for their action, but the court thought that their chances for parole would be better at Kingston than at the institution they had just left.

Young in Crime
Norman Williams is but 20 years of age. He was sentenced at Toronto to serve a term for the theft of an automobile. On the 24th of September he escaped from custody and when caught was taken back with just a warning. On October 4th, he escaped again in company of Joseph Claro, alias Joseph Cleroux. This man has a bad record, with a previous term at the penitentiary, time in local jails and a reform school, and a lengthy sentence at Burwash ahead before his elopment. He and Williams escaped from the Industrial Farm, made their way along the rail line, evading the guards searching for them, and absconding with a motor car in Copper Cliff….
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….consecutively with the sentences they were serving.

‘Notwithstanding your youthfulness you are dangerous characters to be at large, and if I send you to Kingston Penitentiary I think they will be able to help you there,’ Magistrate Askwith declared.

Their recapture Tuesday afternoon was effected by Inspector Joliet and his squad after an exciting chase through New Edinburgh. Shots were fired by the detectives.

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“Comes to the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. October 5, 1912. Page 03.

Troubles of a Man Who Stole to Pay Wedding.

Windsor, Ont., Oct. 5. – A month ago Charles H. Doss, aged 22, of Leamington, stole $80 from his former employer, in order to marry Miss Grace Dodge, of Leamington. The wedding took place and the young couple went to Detroit, to live. A week after the ceremony Doss was arrested for theft, brought back to Windsor and committed for trial.

Yesterday he was arraigned before Mr. Justice Britton at the Sandwich assizes, found guilty and sentenced to two years in Portsmouth.

Doss was without counsel. His bride, who is but 19 years old, was not in court, and her parents say she will have nothing more to do with him after his release.
“Bad Prisoner Arrives.” Kingston Daily Standard. October 5, 1912. Page 03.
Dr. Webster, Sheriff of the County of Halton, and A. W. Gallop, arrived in the city last night with John Laird, who will spend two years and one day in the penitentiary for house-breaking. The prisoner, a young man 20 years of age has a bad record and has served several terms in jail and six in Central Prison. He was kept in the police station over night and taken to the penitentiary this morning.

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“25 ans de bagne à un homme qui
aurait tué sa femme par amour,” La Presse. October 1, 1980. Page H-9.


Claude Langlais, 43 ans, un
résidant de la rue Saint-Hubert
qui n’aurait pas réussi à
accepter que son épouse se sépare
légalement et définitivement
de lui, a été condamné au pénitencier
à vie, hier, pour son assassinat.

Apres une journée et demie de
délibérations, les jurés sous la
précidence du juge Benjamin
Greenberg, ont en effet trouvé le
prévenu coupable de meurtre au
premier degré. 

Dans un tel cas, on le sait, il
n’y a pas de recommandation
possible à la clémence, la sentence
de la cour est tout simplement
obligatoire. Et cela veut
dire surtout que Langlais ne
pourra être libéré de façon conditionnelle
sans avoir purgé
vingt-cinq années complètes de

C’est dans un état apparent de
torpeur que le prévenu, dont les
psychiatres avaient décortiqué
le passé en appliquant, chacun
de leur côté, des théories adverses,
a encaissé et le verdict et la
condamnation du tribunal, pendant
qu’une parente brisait le
silence de la cour par ses sanglots. 

C’est dans la matinée du 16
novembre dernier que l’accusé
avait tout d’abord tiré quatre
coups de feu dans la direction de
son épouse, pour ensuite lui asséner
neuf coups de couteau dont
deux devaient être mortels. 

La jeune femme, une coiffeuse,
avait alors fui vers l’extérieur, il l’y avait pourchassée, et
la victime avait finalement pu
monter, toute ensanglantée,
dans la voiture d’un bon samaritain
évidemment fort surpris de
la voir dans cet état.

Il l’avait tout d’abord conduite
dans un petit hôpital chinois du
voisinage, où l’on n’était pas
«outillé» pour la secourir, et elle
avait succombé à ses blessures
alors qu’on la transportait en
ambulance à Jean-Talon.

En route, elle avait toutefois
eu le temps de confier, à celui
qui l’avait recueillie, puis aux
policiers-ambulanciers, que c’était
son mari qui venait de lui
«faire ça». 

Et, fort dramatiquement, ces
quelques paroles prononcées peu
avant son décès avaient été acceptées
par le tribunal comme
preuve contre le prévenu.

Au cours de la «bataille de
psychiatres» qui avait marqué
les dernières journées de l’instruction,
celui qui avait témoigné
en laveur de Langlais avait
été catégorique.

«Cet homme, avait-il dit, n’a
pas tué par haine. Mais par
amour. Celui qu’il vouait toujours
à celle qui voulait le quitter
pour toujours».


“Donald Côté exempté d’être en cour,”

La Presse. October 1, 1980. Page H-9.


Alors que la plupart des
détenus abhorrent Parvenais et seraient prêts à faire
beaucoup de choses pour en sortir,
Donald Côté, lui, semble vouloir
faire grande exception. 

Et pour éviter d’aggraver ses
maladies, il a même obtenu du
juge Jean-Paul Dansereau, hier,
d’être exempté de se présenter à
son propre procès pour possession
de cocaïne, procès qui doit
durer encore plusieurs semaines,
selon les prévisions les plus

Son avocat. Me Léo-Ren é
Maranda, a expliqué à la cour
que le principal problème de son
client, en était un d’alimentation…

Chaque jour qu’il doit se présenter
au Palais de Justice, il
doit se nourrir comme tous les
autres accusés, le midi, de sandwiches. 

Ce qui pourrait quand même
passer, s’il n’était atteint entre
autre choses, d’ulcères à l’estomac.
Cette façon de s’alimenter,
au milieu de la journée, serait
donc contre-indiquée. 

Pour une fois, le procureur de
la poursuite, Me. Michel Viens a
été pleinement d’accord avec
celui du prévenu. Il n’a pas émis
d’objection à ce que l’accusé
s’absente de la cour pour toutes
les séances qu’il voudra. 

La tâche du tribunal en fut
d’autant facilitée.

Le juge a donc accédé à la
requête de Côté, qui a donné luimême
son consentement formel
à cette façon de procéder.

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“Sinn Feiner Gets 15 Years In Prison,” Toronto Globe. September 28, 1918. Page 07.

J. E. Plant’s Sentence Of Death Is Commuted – ‘Conchy’ Given 10 Years.

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Niagara Camp, Sept. 27. – The first drafted man in camp to be sentenced to death by the general court-martial is John Edward Plant of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment, whose sentence was promulgated this afternoon at a garrison parade. His sentence, however, has been commuted to fifteen years’ imprisonment in the penitentiary at Kingston, and this was read at the promulgation by Captain Roy Parke, Adjutant of the 2nd Battaltion, 2nd C.O.R. Plant is a Sinn Feiner, and refused to perform military service in any capacity.

Johnston Marks of the 2nd Battalion, 2nd C.O.R., who is a conscientious objector and refused to put on uniform, was sentenced to penitentiary for ten years.

Col. K. I. McLaren, Camp Commandant, was in charge of the parade for the promulgation of the sentences.

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“Maj.-Gen. Logie Inspects Troops,” Toronto Globe. September 25, 1918. Page 11.

Railway Const. Draft Going Shortly – Another Death From Spanish ‘Flu.’

(Canadian Press Despatch.)
Niagara Camp, Sept. 24. – Major-Gen. W. A. Logie, G.O.C., came over from Toronto this morning accompanied by Major G. G. Mitchell, and inspected a draft of railway troops that is going to leave camp shortly.

Another death was added last night to the fatalities which have occurred in the Polish camp from Spanish influenza, this making a total of six deaths from the epidemic.

There were about 200 cases of Spanish influenza in the Polish army yesterday, but this number was reduced to-day by discharges of 185.

Pte. John Joseph Noonan of the 2nd Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment, who deserted from a draft while in Toronto on the way east on July 27, and was apprehended on August 31st, in Toronto, was sentenced by district court martial here to Kingston Penitentiary for two years, and was taken to Kingston this morning.

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“Convicts for the Pen,” Kingston Daily Standard. September 25, 1912. Page 08.

The population of the penitentiary was increased by three to-day by the arrival of Ernest Moyes, Berlin; William Stephen, Sault Ste. Marie, and John Hummell, Berlin. Moyes will serve seven years for burglary [sic. actually bigamy and perjury]; Stephen five years for attempting to steal a purse and Hummell five years on three charges of theft.

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