An Innocent Man Imprisoned for 16 Years.
In despatches lately landed *t Liverpool from New York a oase ia reported of an innocent man who has just been released after serving sixteen years m the penitentiary for a crime of which he was innocent. The man, whose name ib William Starnicker, was arrested on suspicion of murdering another man, named Henry Chance, m Burke county. Starnicker had just previously had some difference trith Chance. He protested his innocence, but was nevertheless convicted and sentenced for life. About a fortnight ago a man named Crane died m Burke county, and on his deathbed confessed that the evidence he gave against Starnicker was false. It was oni the evidence of Crane that .Starnicker was really convicted. After a thorough enquiry into the confession by Governor Gordon the condemned man was liberated. The poor fellow said no one could realise his feelings on .being convicted for the crime when he knew he was innocent.. For most of the time Starnicker had been working m the mines and quarries belonging to the penitentary. Although convicted wrongly and imprisoned for sixteen years, he was hrateful that the matter had been cleared up and himself proved innocent.
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An Innocent Man Imprisoned for 16 Years., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890
An Innocent Man Imprisoned for 16 Years. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2483, 5 August 1890
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