Walence Case, Part XV

by Laurel | May 7th, 2012

12 December 1933

Petition For Pardon of Mrs. Walence

A petition for the pardon of Mrs. Mary A. Walence of Linden Street, signed by Mayor Henry J. Toepfert, Senator Frank Hurley, Representatives Charles D. Chevalier, William E. Kirkpatrick and Francis Clark, and many of the prominent local people, was filed with Governor Joseph B. Ely at Boston today by Atty. Thomas C. Maher, who defended Mrs. Walence on a murder charge in the trial held in Springfield last March. Mrs. Walence is serving an 18 months sentence in the house of correction for manslaughter in connection with the death of her husband Paul J. Walence, on July 11, 1932.

Adapted from The Springfield Republican.

Previously published articles about this case:

  • Part I: Police to Charge Wife With Killing of Holyoke Man
  • Part II: Probable Cause Found in Murder Trial at Holyoke
  • Part III: Thousands Gather at Walence Rites
  • Part IV: Indictment Given to Court By Grand Jury
  • Part V: Executors Appointed, Source of Gun Held Accountable
  • Part VI: Judge Assigned, Jury Selected
  • Part VII: Trial Testimony Starts at Holyoke Today
  • Part VIII: Marital Relations of the Walences
  • Part IX: Testimony and the “Other Woman”
  • Part X: Mary Walence Takes the Stand
  • Part XI: Final Arguments and Summation
  • Part XII: Sudden Death of Star Witness
  • Part XIII: Star Witness Found Dead
  • Part XIV: Sensational Trial Ends, Judge Imposes Sentence
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