Father Demand Death Penalty
September 18, 1929
Paris, 17th September. "Gentlemen of the Jury,
perform your duty. I demand the death penalty for my boy," said a
woodcutter at the trial of two lads, charged in the village of Digne,
Provence, with murdering an entire family of five.
After seeking shelter in a farmhouse at night, Jules
Ughetto and Stephen Mucha shot the farmer, his wife, two children, and a
servant in cold blood.
The entire population of the country seethed with
fury and vowed to apply the lynch law. The Court was guarded by forty
mounted and seventy foot police.
The prosecutor informed the Judge that Mucha was five
days under sixteen when they committed the murders, and was therefore
ineligible for the death penalty.
Ughetto's father's Spartan plea was fullfilled. His
son was sentenced to death and Mucha to a maximum of twenty years'
The execution of Jules Ughetto, 19, in
Digne-les-Bains on January 24, 1930.