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City Marshal J. Donald McElrath | Greenfield Police Department, Missouri Greenfield Police Department, Missouri

City Marshal

J. Donald McElrath

Greenfield Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch: Monday, June 20, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to 99 years

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City Marshal Donald McElrath was shot and killed near Arcola by the leader of a gang of horse thieves he attempted to arrest. The suspect was captured six weeks later in Jasper County, Missouri.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to be hanged, but appealed and was granted a new trial. On May 30, 1882, he pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 99 years in the Missouri Penitentiary.

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
June 21, 2015


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