The Caddo Herald
October 21, 1938
Ernie Freeman Gets Two Years for Death of R. F. Choate
The jury trying the case of Ernie Freeman in the District court at Durant Wednesday found him guilty and assessed the punishment at two years in the penitentiary.
Freeman was charged with killing R. F. Choate on Buffalo Street in Caddo last fall in a wild and reckless ride in a car.
Otis Dowling, Durant youth, was found guilty Monday by a jury and given twenty years on a charge of robbery with firearms. He had pleaded guilty to a charge of assault to kill in the frustrated attempt at jail breaking in Durant.
Robert Armstrong was convicted on a charge of second degree forgery and was given three and a half years. He got five years on a guilty plea in the jail break try.
Three have received heavy sentences in the taxi robbing of Wisdom: Gerald Mendenhall got 25 years; Dowling got 20 years for the crime. A third man has not been found.
Vincent Hamilton and Andrew Kilgo plead guilty last week to robbery with firearms in connection with the looting of the James Conn station. In this case Kilgo got 20 years at McAlester and Hamilton got a sentence of 15 years.
Which all goes to prove that crime does not pay dividends except in misery and woe.