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Men Who Tried to Kill Roper Are Sentenced 1894

From The Atlanta Constitution
November 18, 1894

Will Roper's Assailants Sent to
the Pen for Long Terms.


One of the Number Sentenced for Eight Years,
While the Others To Up for Ten Years Each.

Will Roper's assailants go to the United States penitentiary for good, long terms.

They were sentenced yesterday morning.

By order of Judge Newman the five condemned prisoners–W. R. Morrison, A. P. Duncan, J. M. Morrison, J. T. Morrison and J. W. Redd–were led into the circuit courtroom for sentence.

W. R. Morrison, one of the three prisoners, who entered a pleas of guilty to the indictment for conspiracy to kill Will Roper, was sentenced to hard labor in the penitentiary at Columbus, O., for a term of eight years and to pay a fine of $500 and costs.

A. P. Duncan, J. M. Morrison, J. T. Morrison and J. W. Redd were sentenced to ten years and a fine of $1,000 each.

J. W. Redd and J. M. Morrison, who left their cases to a jury, gave notice through their attorney, Colonel Jones, that a motion would be made for a new trial in their individual cases.

Judge Newman gave no intimation as to the time that this motion would be heard, but it is believed that he will pass upon the question some time this week.

All of the condemned prisoners were committed to the Fulton county jail.

The verdict rendered seems to have general satisfaction and the revenue officers believe that it will act as a check on the lawlessness of the mountain regions of north Georgia.

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