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Press-Telegram (Newspaper) - January 23, 1959, Long Beach, California Public Trial Finds Batista Aid Guilty Army Major Sentenced to Firing Squad Convicted on 5 Counts in Vast Arena in Havana HAVANA (AP) defendant in Havana's first showcase war crimes trial was convicted just before dawn today and sentenced to die before a firing squad. A three-man tribunal of Fidel Castro's revolutionary officers found Maj. Jesus Sosa Blanco, a 51-year-old'career army offi- cer, guilty on five counts of murder, homicide, robbery, loot- and damage. The verdict was returned after a trial, of almost eight hours and more than four hours .of deliberation by the three judges. ALMOST ALT- the crowd of 17.000 shouting, jeering Cubanb who had jammed Havana's Sports Palace for the start of .the trial had gone home hours -.before. So had most of the 380 foreign newsmen invited to Cuba by Castro to see his war crimes trials in action. The verdict brought a small cheer from the small crowd of Cubans remaining. Sosa Blanco looked bewildered and shifted his feet uneasily but said noth- ing as the verdict was read. A group of people had gath- ered at the gate to the Sports Palace as he.was1 led out by a heavy armed guard to be turned to Havana's La Cabana Fortress. They hooted and jeered as ho was put aboard an open army truck. They pelted the truck with oranges and other fruit as it sped away, FIVE MEN who served with troops commanded by Bianco were executed by revolutionary firing squads today at Mayari, in Oriente Province. Tne shootings brought the reported toll of the firing squads to 253. Sosa Blanco's defense coun- sel, Capt. Aristides Dacosta, already had said that a con- viction would be appealed to five-man superior court pro- vided under the new revolu- tionary legal code. The appeal must be filed within 24 hours of the verdict The higher court has not yet been named. The. tribunal found Sosa Blanco guilty of the deaths o at least 25 persons, and poss ibly of more. He also was con victed of burning homes in the eastern province of Oriente, o looting businesses, and of stealing money from the men he killed. THE COTJRT rejected on a NEW HAVOC LOOMING IN FLOODED REGION HOME The Southland's Finett Evening Netctpaper LONG BEACH 12, CALIF., FRIDAY, JANUARY Vol. 308 PRICE 10 CENTS CLASSIFIED HE 2-5958 36 PAGES TELEPHONE HE 8-1161 EDITION (Six Editions Daily) Chillicothe in Ohio 3rd Under AFTER FINISHING his testimony before a Cuban rebel tribunal held before thousands in a huge sports stadium, Maj. Jesus Sosa Blanco manages a smile as he waves his handcuffed (AP) FIRST WITNESS against Maj. Blanco is Maria Jacin- ta Galvez, who identifies him as commander .of Cuban army troops in her neighborhood in Oriente Province. The major, accused of war crimes, was convicted and sentenced to be executed. (AP) Woman, 44, Found Slain at La Puente Beaten, Strangled Body Carefully Placed Near Field LA PUENTE (AP) The body of a well-dressed waitress, beaten and strangled with a nylon stocking, was found today on a lonely road. Mrs. Bobbie Long, 44, had been placed on the ground at the edge of a grain field with what seemed tender care. She was fully clothed and her scar- let coat had been draped over the lower half of her body as though to protect her from the morning chill. She had been struck repeat- edly on the face and hit hard on the back of the head. Sheriff's bt. Charles Mc- Gowan said there was no evi- dence of sexual assault. DEPUTIES SAID she was dressed 'expensively in a striped blouse and black skirt. Besides the scarlet "coat she wore scarlet slip, and scarlet under- garments, officers said. The body was found by Ray- mond Glasingame, El Monte blacksmith, while he was hunt- ing raccoons with four dogs. He said he caught a glimpse of the still form as he drove by. "It was too 'cold for any- body to be lying out there alive. I put the truck in re- verse and went to the nearest phone to call the deputies." Authorities say th'at just four miles away a red-haireii nurse, Mrs. Jean Ellroy, Hopes for 12 Trapped in Flooded Mine Fade JOSEPH KISELEVICH, one of rescued Thursday'night from a flood- ed mine at Pittston, Pa., is embraced at hospital by his (Continued on Page A-2, Col. 1.) Mrs. Ruth Off TV in Squabble NEW YORK squabble in which Mrs. Babe Ruth is an innocent bystander is going to keep her off a tclevisibn pro gram tonight. Mrs. Ruth was to have been interviewed in her New York apartment by Edward R. Mur- row on the CBS-TV "Person to Person" show. However, a dif- ference between the program's producers and the manage ment of her apartment house forced at least a postponement of her aopearance. The producers said it was the first time such a. thing had happened in the six-year his- tory of the show, on which some 450 persons have been interviewed in their homes or apartments. FELIX HAKDING, manag ing agent for the building in which Mrs. Ruth occupies an Cost of Living Dips Slightly for Month Living costs dipped slightly In first decline since Labor Department disclosed today. Consumer prices in the Long Beach-Los Angeles area, how- ever, were virtually stable dur- ing the last month of 1958. Nationally, the Labor Depart- ment's consumer price index declined .2.of 1 per cent. The wages of about vorkers, whose pay is tied to the cost-of-living index by csea- ator clauses in labor contracts, will, stay the same because of stability in the index. THESE JVORKERS include in Douglas and other aircraft firms. The total also in- cludes in electrical man utacturing. mainiy employes ol General. Electric and Sylvania arid more than in ma !or trucking concerns. Here in the Southland, price: foods and clothing were slightly lower in December. Bu these were offset by highe Teller in i Holdup Riverside Dr., producers had said the show proceeded with (Continued on Page A-2, Col. 6 WHERE TO FIND IT Republicans have been as that the party faithfu 6 win get most of the 100.00C jobs opening up when the 196 their plans without making proper arrangements with him He accused them of acting in "a high-handed way.1' Harding said he felt that since the show is a commer- cially sponsored venture, the apartment owners were due at least token compensation for use of facilities there in pro- duction of the program. He added, however, that he would be satisfied if the pro- ducers made out a check for 5500 for ai.y charity chosen by Mrs, Ruth. "It's not a matter of money but of said Harding. census is taken. See Page A-3 Beach B-l. Hal A-7.- A-7. D-2 to 12. C-6, 7. U-3. Death B-2. A-6. B-3. Shipping P-3. C-l, 3, B-6. Titles, TV, C-8. A-7. B-4. your A-2. The KBI said today that a San Pedro bank teller who was robbed of Thursday has disappeared, Thomas Setka, 22, vanished Thursday night when he went nto the yard of his home at 382 17th St. to take a look at his pigeons. An FBI spokesman said Set-
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