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“Sentences Were Heavy,” Toronto Globe. June 10, 1912. Page 09.

Judge Winchester Sends Four to the Penitentiary.

Twenty-three Convicted Prisoners Sentenced at the Close of Sessions – First Offenders Shown Mercy and Given Warnings.

Some heavy offences were imposed by Judge Winchester at the closing of the Sessions yesterday, four of the twenty-three prisoners being sent for long terms to Kingston Penitentiary, and five for terms of from one to two years in the Central Prison,.The cases of Rev. G. M. Atlas and the three men concerned in the flotation of the Canadian Eatables Co. are dealt with elsewhere. Other sentences were: Four years for Alfred James Haggett and Robert W. Ewers. Haggett got a two-year sentence from Judge Denison on two charges of wounding, and a four-year sentence from Judge Winchester for housebreaking, all to run concurrently.

Ewers is not an ordinary criminal. He is an elderly man who induced a woman named Laura Payne to procure a young girl for him for an immoral purpose, and the Judge, in sending him to the penitentiary for four years, spoke sternly to him. Ewers looked quite dazed as he left the court. Laura Payne, the woman who helped him in his wicked purpose, was sent to the Mercer for two years. She wept bitterly when sentenced, especially when her counsel referred to the death of her baby, which died while she was in custody.

Gibson Shannon, the other man to go to the penitentiary, had served six years on the Toronto police force. He was found guilty of receiving some stolen jewelry, which had been lost by a visitor  to the Horse Show. He received a three-year sentence.

Two Italians, Joseph Santia and Joseph Doizino, convicted of stabbing, were each given a year in the Central, along with Henry Roberts, a sneak thief.

The other prisoners sentenced were Charles Close, a West Toronto fireman, who received six months for an attempted indecent assault on a young girl; Fred Boisden, who got six months for theft; John Healy, who got twenty days for theft, and Walter Corner, a York farm, who was fined $25 for brutally beating an Upper Canada College boy whom he caught trespassing on his grounds.

Suspended sentences were passed on Guy Brothers, a youth who committed theft; J. W. McNulty, whom Haggett induced to accompany him on a housebreaking expedition; Hosea Curtis, a farmer, who struck his sister in a fit of bad temper; Henry Cromble, who pleaded guilty to receiving in the Shannon case; Sylvester Brown, a negro, who committed perjury, and Bertha Wilson, a shoplifter.

Sentenced were deferred until September on Milton W. De Lhorbe for conspiracy in the ‘Estables’ case; Wm. Edgar Hughes, who will appeal a conviction for carnal knowledge, and J. S. Keeping, convicted for false pretences.

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“Balkan Hero Sentenced,” Toronto Globe. March 28, 1914. Page 07.

Is Given Three Years for Stabbing Fellow-countryman.

Paul Metkoff, a Balkan war hero, was a thirst for blood which seems hand to satisfy, who yesterday he was sentenced to three years in the Kingston Penitentiary for stabbing a fellow-countryman, George Gloffkoff, with whom he had been living for five months. When he learned his sentence he became very violent and yelled and shouted in a frantic manner.

Metkoff, who is only nineteen years old, quarrelled with Gloffkoff over the latter’s wife, and the result was that Gloffkoff was severely stabbed in the neck.

For a whole hour the prisoner kept up a roar of rage, in his cell and when Detective Elliott went in to have him photographed and measured he had a severe tussel with the man, who acted like a madman. He was covered with blood caused by hurling himself against the iron bars and rolling on the floor.

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“Kallio Guilty Manslaughter Gets 26 Months,” Sudbury Star. December 7, 1918. Page 06.

Special Circumstances Considered by Justice Rose.

A verdict of manslaughter against Justus Kallio who stabbed to death on JUly 5th a fellow countryman during a quarrel in a lonely shack in the township of Broder, was returned by a jury in the Assize Court at four o’clock Friday morning, after four hours’ deliberation. The jury went out at midnight, and returned about three o’clock to ask his Lordship Mr. Justice Rose a question, as they were unable to agree. It is understood that almost until the last some of the jurors favored returning a verdict of manslaughter in self defence.

26 Months’ Sentence
Kallio was sentenced on Friday morning to spend two years and six months in jail, but from this term will be deducted the five months which he has already served awaiting trial. Mr. J. A. Mulligan made an earnest appeal on behalf of his client for a light sentence, referring to his previous good record as a peaceful citizen, and voicing the opinion that a light sentence would doubtless have a deterrent effect on Finlanders throughout the district. The verdict of the jury, Mr. Mulligan stated, was not what he had expected in view of the evidence, but he was satisfied that accused had been given a fair trial, and he was satisfied to abide by the verdict.

The Result of Passion
In passing sentence Mr. Justice Rose stated that in view of his instructions to the jury with regard to returning a verdict of manslaughter, he took it that the verdict of the jury meant that the act which accused have been convicted of was done in the heat of provocation and passion, sufficient to deprive an ordinary person of ordinary control of himself. It had been done before he had sought to give his passion sufficient time to cool. His Lordship stated that he had taken into consideration the previous character of accused as a peaceful and law abiding subject, and he would give full effect to the finding of the jury that the act was done under a sudden passion. His Lordship thought that these considerations justified him in imposing only a light sentence, and he expressed the hope that when he had served his term the prisoner would return to his ordinary occupation, resolved to be more careful than ever before in his contact with his fellow countrymen and others.

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