The Indiana state archives has records available for
certain time periods that pertain to prison inmates. A prisoner that
was sentenced to life in prison was given the oppertunity to write
about the crime or whatever he or she wanted. These were called "Life
Statements". They were given three sheets of paper to do this with.
Below are some records that were included in what the Indiana State
Archives refers to as "Prison Packets".
Prisoners Prison Packet
Subject; Malissa Elizabeth “Lizzie” Segraves
d. June 25, 1937
Sentenced to life for murder
Letter written by Sheriff James M. Fletcher
Winfield T. Durbin, Governor of Indiana
My Dear Governor:
I herewith submit to your excellency and the Honorable Board of Pardons a synopsis of the evidence as given in the case of the State of Indiana against Lizzie Storms and Samuel Price in which they were charged with murder in the first degree.
I was sheriff of Randolph County in the years 1892 and 1893 at the time of the murder and when the parties were brought to trial. The evidence givne in this case was substantially as follows: “As near as I can remember the evidence showed that on Sunday evening kent Brown and Lizzie Storms drove our a mile and a half south of Winchester and were met there by Samuel Price and the evidence further shows that Samuel Price shot and killed Kent Brown. The evidence further shows that Lizzie Storms had arranged a meeting between herself and Kent Brown and after the murder Mrs. Storms returned to her home in Winchester and after being arrested made a confession as to what part she took in the murder. That was in substance as follows: She stated that Mr. Price had shot and killed Kent Brown and she then in company with myself and the prosecuting attorney went to the scene of the murder and described the position in which she stood at the time of the shooting, and told about Brown striking her with a club and knocking her off the fence, and thereupon Price shot him. That was her statement. The evidence showed in the confession made by Samuel Price that there had been a conspiracy between him and Mrs. Storms in which, Mrs. Storms was to make a date with Kent Brown to met them in a woods south of Winchester a mile and a half. That according to these arrangements that Kent Brown and Mrs. Storms went to the woods south of town where they were met by Samuel Price. The evidence further shows that there was a quarrel between Brown and Price in which Brown threatened to Kill Price and called him a son of a bitch. Brown struck Mrs. Storms with a club and then advanced toward Price in a threatening attitude. Whereupon Price shot and killed Brown. The evidence further shows that Kent Brown was a negro and that he and Samuel Price were jealous of each other because of Mrs. Storms. There was further evidence given by persons other than the principles that tended to confirm the story of a conspiracy between Price and Mrs. Storms. This was in substance the evidence upon which Mrs. Storms was convicted at the November term of Randolph Circuit Court in 1893.
James M. Fletcher (signature)
Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez
The following early Circuit Court records were taken from a book entitled " History of Randolph County, Indiana" by E.Tucker.
November 1824, a license to see spirits was granted to William Suttonfield, of Fort Wayne, under bond of $300.
August 1826, Daniel Shoemaker was fined $1 for disturbing the court by crowding on the window. The next day the fine was requited and paid back to the delinquent.
August 1827, the grand jury report concerning the jail, that it is clean but not strong, that the trap door is not sufficient and that the hinges on the outside door are not strong enough.
February 1828, Thomas Shaylor was indicted for an assault and battery. He pleaded guilty, and was fined $1 and costs and was to stand committed until paid.
August 1828, grand jury report “the jail is sufficiently strong but not sufficiently clean. It needs an inside door shutter and a lock for the accommodation of both sexes.
February 1829, Paul M. Way indicted for retailing liquors without license. The defendant pleaded guilty, was fined $2 and costs, and paid the fine to the clerk forthwith.
August 1829, the jail is reported to be clean and strong, but not sufficiently warm.
Guy Angus Stormes Born 10 Jul 1871 Winchester, Randolph Co., Indiana
Died 23 Oct 1950 Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tennessee
Son of John M. & Melissa “Lizzie” Segraves Stormes
San Quinton Prison Records
REGISTER AND DESCRIPTIVE LIST OF CONVICTS UNDER SENTENCE OF IMPRISONMENT IN THE STATE PRISONS OF CALIFORNIA
Name & Number of Convict
39153- Guy Storms DU Nativity Indiana
Crime PSN & Prior WHEN RECEIVED March 13 1924
County Sent From San Francisco
HEIGHT FT. 6-1 INS. 1/8 COMPLEXION Fair COLOR OF EYES Gray COLOR OF HAIR Grey
REMARKS DISC 7-13-26
Second Sheet of Packet Has No Title
Height 1 m 85 Rem. 7 Head length 19 Rem. 0 L. Foot 28. 7 Age 52 Years
Outs 1 m 80.0 width 15.2 M F 12.6
Trunk 2.01.2 Ear 7.0 L F 9.7 Color of Left Eye gray
F 50.8 Born in Ind.
English Height 6-1 1/8 Fingerprint 1300017
(Mug shot front and side view with # 39153)
Forehead Incl SF
Profile Ridge Humps base h root flsh
Measured at San Quinton 3/13/1924, by Blk.
Third Sheet of Packet Has No Title
Institution : CALIFORNIA STATE PRISON Reg. No 39153
NAME Guy Storm Color White
Alias Received 3/13/24
County S.F. Sentence 1-5
Crime Poison Act & Prior Disch
Occupation Blacksmith Paroled
Previous Record 90 days S.F. Co. jail same chg.
MARKS, SCARS AND MOLES
Line scr. On left chk.
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Mole lef. Lds
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