Pelley, Guilty, Faces 5-year Prison Term
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Pelley, Guilty, Faces 5-year Prison Term

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Found guilty late last night of two counts in an indictment charging them with violation of the North Carolina “blue sky” laws, William Dudley Pelley, anti-Semitic Silver Shirt leader, and Robert C. Summerville, one of his aides, today enjoyed temporary liberty under bonds of $2,500 each.

Sentence will not be passed until February 18, Judge Wilson War-lick announced today. The pair face imprisonment for as long as five years on each count, or fines of $1,000, or both.

A third co-defendant, Don D. Kellogg, was free of all counts, while Summerville and Pelley were acquitted of the seventh count in the indictment.

In the first count the two guilty defendants were charged with offering stock for sale through an advertisement in the magazine

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