FULL TEXT: Minneapolis, Jan. 1. – Guilty of murder in the second degree is the verdict whereby the jury holds Mrs. Stella Brennan of this city accountable for Elizabeth, and at the same time saves her from the hangman’s noose.
The indictment in the case charged murder in the first degree — the inevitable penalty for which is hanging – but the jury, as was considered provable, availed itself of the possibility of clemency provided, in Judge Dickinson’s charge and made its verdict murder in the second degree. The maximum penalty under this conviction is life imprisonment, and it is expected that will be the sentence of the court.
Mrs. Brennan was completely unnerved when she heard the verdict. She did not appear to be in any measure prepared for it, and burst into tears when she heard the verdict.
[“Mrs. Brennan Convicted. Minneapolis Woman Found Guilty of Second Degree, Murder.” The Eau Claire Leader (Wi.), Jan. 2, 1906, p. 1]
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