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The Murder of Ole Lee
The History of Renville County, Volume 2
Compiled by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge
In the same year that the Anderson crime was committed, a farmer named Ole Lee was found dead about sundown near the village of Franklin. He was returning from town, whither he had hauled a load of wheat that day. When found he was lying in the road with a bullet hole in his head. William Henry Eagan, a lad of about fifteen years, was captured on the train next day near Fairfax heading for Minneapolis. He pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to hard labor in state's prison for life Nov. 27, 1882, just seven days after the crime was committed. He received a full pardon Dec. 29, 1892, among the reasons given for his pardon being the fact of his extreme youth, that it was believed he committed the act in self defence, and that he plead guilty under advice of his attorney, and for the reason that the people were "very much exasperated over another murder in the community."
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