Circuit Court of the city of Richmond.
--This tribunal, of which Hon. John A. Meredith
, was in session yesterday, at the State Court-House.
The Grand Jury impaneled on Thursday were sworn in, with Wm. H. Hoxall
The prosecuting attorney, Littleton Tazewell
, addressed the jury briefly with reference to certain of fences against the common law, amongst which he classed the emunle
recently attempted by certain residents of the penitentiary, who desired to enlarge their sphere of usefulness.
The Grand Jury being thus instructed, retired, and soon returned with a true bill for felony against Alexander Wright
, other wise called Allen Smith
, for escaping from the State
A true bill for felony was also found against John McQuay
, otherwise called Henry Russell
; Joseph Laurence
, John Powers Edward Barry
, Wm. Harren
, Fontaine Rowe
, Silas Beazley
, James P. Henry
, Jesse Howell
, Henry Horst
, Henry Baldwin
, and George Stephens
, for conspiring together on the 21st of April to resist the lawful authority of an officer of the Penitentiary, for the purpose of escaping therefrom.
Another true bill for felony was also found against the last named parties, for making, procuring, secreting, and having in their possession certain keys for a similar purpose.
If the parties are convicted, as they no doubt will be.--a number of their fellow convicts having been paraded as witnesses against them — they will each suffer severely in the way of additional imprisonment, as the law of Virginia
is not very lenient on those situated as they are.