June 1st--John Slavin, convicted September 27, 1865, of robbery, first degree; Albany county; term, fifteen years; commuted to five years, with the further deduction allowed by law for good conduct in prison. Recommended by the judge, district attorney and many prominent citizens.
The prisoner and one Curley, were both convicted of the same offense, on the same testimony. Slavin was tried in September, 1865, and sentenced to fifteen years imprisonment, while Curley, who was not tried till the following March, was sentenced for only seven and a half years. Judge Clute, who sentenced the prisoner, says: "Slavin ought not, certainly, to suffer a longer imprisonment than Curley."
Curley’s sentence was commuted by Governor Fenton, to two years and a half, and the following indorsement in reference thereto is found on the papers in this case: "I have commuted the sentence of Daniel Curley to one-third of his term, and I think Slavin should receive, at least, a proportionate reduction of his sentence if his conduct in prison remains good."
List of pardons, commutations and reprieves granted by the Governor during the year 1869.
John T. Hoffman, State of New York, 1870.