|Death: ||Sep. 9, 1921|
The body of Sylvester Brown, 27, negro, electrocuted early this morning at the Ohio penitentiary, will be shipped to Youngstown today. Brown suffered the death penalty at 1:07 a.m., for the murder of Alexander R. Warren, Youngstown policeman, on May 3 last.
According to the story Brown told, he, with three other negroes, planned a holdup and robbery at Youngstown but when one of the party failed to show up, they abandoned their plan. While returning from the scene of the contemplated crime the party encountered Patrolman Warren, who told them to halt. Brown drew his pistol and fired four times into the policeman's body before the officer could pull his own gun out.
The party escaped but were soon captured and Brown was admitted to the penitentiary from Mahoning-co May 31. Yesterday Brown's wife appealed to Warden Thomas for permission to witness the execution, saying that she wanted to be with her husband in his last moments, but her plea was refused. Earlier in the day Brown had given his consent to her presence at the time of his execution.
Brown went to the chair calm and composed. His steps were steady and he seated himself without assistance, placing his arms and legs in their proper position without the least murmur. He carried a small brown bible with him to the chair, clasped in his right hand and when the current shut out his life he was softly pleading for divine mercy.
Created by: Coleman
Record added: Aug 10, 2009
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