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Telegraph, The (Newspaper) - January 20, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE BEND SINCE 1836 TOKAYS Foo ilntfie Popes plate j Nuns share recipes they I serve to Pope John Paul n i PageB Suspect backs out of deal Bruce L Steward Suspect in beating death By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE An Alton mur der suspect refused a chance at a 20 year minimum prison sentence Tuesday and the prosecutor said he wont be given a second opportunity Meanwhile the trial of a second sus pect in the same killing begins today in Madison County Circuit Court Bruce L Steward 24 was on the brink of completing an agreement with authorities to plead guilty to murder in the Aug 11 mob beating death of Richard Skelton of Wood River In return he would have avoided a No guilty plea in mob beating trial and gotten the Minimum sentence as long as he agreed other suspects in th said However when Lawrence Keshner that Steward would full 20year sentence objected Steward th his attorney David Alton Thirty minutes la the judge that his c to testify against case authorities ircuit Judge J egan explaining have to serve the not half Steward en conferred with Grounds of East out of the negotiations er Grounds told ient was backing Mr Steward has informed me he does not wish to proceed with his Grounds said Assistant States Attorney Don Weber said Steward blew his chance at a min imum sentence Murder normally car ries a penalty of 20 to 60 years in prison After this morning he will never be offered 20 years again It will be Weber told the court Under sentencing laws revised in the last year a person who has committed murder since June 1998 is no longer eli gible for day for day good time credit if found guilty Previously such credit cut a prison sentence in half Steward of the 700 block of Central Avenue is among eight adults who are charged with twocounts of firstdegree murder in Skeltons death The trial of one of the eight Taiwan M Davis of Alton is expected to get under way this morning Jury selection took place all of Tuesday afternoon Weber is trying the Davis case as well as the planned cases for Elmer Moore Christopher Smith Antonio Williams and Glenn Taylor all of Alton See SUSPECT Page A11 Francis Ashworth gets a kiss from her parakeet Petev Ashworth a ni tho u 1 The BADMAN County tor Alleged harassment has resident By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer EAST ALTON An Olin Home resident says she may take legal action against the Madison County Housing Authority for alleged harass ment Francis Ashworth 57 said she believes the harassment started after an article appeared in The Telegraph regarding some residents complaints about heating and snow removal1 at the Olin Home 310 Smith St They believed I called the Telegraph about the problems because Im the secretary with our tenants Ashworth said I did not call nobody I have never calhd anyone at the Madison County Housing Authority Im gettiig a copy of my telephone bill to prove Ashworth believes the artide caused the Madison Counjty Housing Authority to conduc Goodx Mornirtd Bulletin Board A6 Obituaries BQxtermueller Bress Eberhart Falica Garfinkle Geisen Johnson Monaghan Nicholson OLander Richter Ryan Saville Stromske Sproull Turcol Wallen Stocks Television Old log cabin becomes a mobile home By DARRYL HOWLETT Telegraph staff writer BETHALTO As a jet soared into the skies over Bethalto Tuesday a historic structure took a slower jour ney to its new home A log cabin which was This is what our goal was to move it all in one pieco said Robert Sparks wife Sally The cabin was placed upoi ttTf that house located inside IcOUld talk I forme0rf bet it would tell a lot of steel platform while bei transported The Sparks along with sons Jonathan Tony 14 a Sam 9 a squawking surprise inspection inside her apartment As inspectors entered Ashworths apartment they were greeted by her pet para keet Petey They came to my apart ment last week Petey was fly See RESIDENT Page A11 Clinton lawyer opens defense By DAVID ESPO Associated Press writer WASHINGTON White House Counsel Charles Ruff opened President Clintons impeachment defense Tuesday with ringing statements of Clintons innocence an attack on the Houses rush to judg ment and a fervent plea to the senators who will decide the presidents fate He must not be removed from Speaking so quietly at times that some senators strained in their seats to listen Ruff declared that William Jefferson Clinton is not guilty fif the charges leveled by the House Ruff spoke from his wheel chair his breastpocket copy of the Constitution on a nearby table a few hours before Clintons delivery of the State of the Union address across the Capitol in the House cham ber The awkward juxtaposition a somber trial in the shad ow of a moment of grand polit ical pageantry prompted some congressional Republicans to announce they would skip the presidents speech Many more said they would attend out of respect for the office if not for the current occupant In an opening statement Associated Press President Clinton gestures Tuesday while making his State of the Union address See story on Page A11 Ruff offered a pointbypoint rebuttal of each allegation criticized Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr for his handling of witness Linda Tripp and accused the House of prose cutorial fudge on one key piece of evidence We will defend the presi dent on the facts and on the law and on the constitutional principles that must guide your he pledged On emotion too as he answered Judiciary Committee Chairman Henry See DEFENSE Page A11 is Robert Sparks made its way to a new location next to the Bethalto Museum on West Main Street The cabin previously locat ed at 424 Fourth was dis covered underneath the Sparks original home when the home caught fire last year Jim Roberson in Bethalto unti a new home completed The Illinois Historical Society date back the late or early making it one of the oldest structures in Illinois Many residents and village officials 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