News: Peterson Sentence (Riggs Shooting)

Contact: Allan Wessel
Email: AlEllen@att.net

----Source: Family Records

Peterson Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Paul Peterson convicted last week of killing his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Erest (Ernest?) Riggs, of Greenwood, Saturday was sentenced to life imprisonment in Waupun prison by Circuit Judge E. W. Crosby. Perterson was taken to Waupun Sunday.

The only comment Peterson made was to Sheriff Wm. Bradford. "It wasn't right" he said. Only the mans immediate family was present when sentence was passed.

Peterson, according to witnesses at the trail, first attempted to shoot his niece, Ruby Jones, 20, and her husband, David at the Riggs home on the night of August 26. When Riggs interfered, Peterson shot down both Riggs and his wife. He accused his relatives of causing his separation from his wife, who recently divorced him.

He will spend each Aug. 26 of his sentence in solitary confinement, the court said.

 

 


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