Case Number: 214

Britt, John, hud carrier, employed at McCormick Harvester works, shot dead in John Hurley's saloon. Blue Island and Western Avs., by C.J. Maskin, who was arrested. Held by Coroner's Jury May 11. Sentenced Feb. 18, 1904, by Jury in C.C. (Judge Brentano) to fourteen years in Joliet Pen. 1/30/12. Pardoned by Gov. Sinsen.


Date of Offense April 30, 1903
Date of Death April 30, 1903
Time Between Offense and Death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene
Address Blue Island and Western Ave.
Type of Location Place of business
Location Description John Hurley's saloon
Type of Death Homicide
Type of Homicide Intentional murder
Method of Killing Other gun, gun unspecified
Weapon shot dead
Motive shot dead in John Hurley's saloon
Description Bar room brawl
Total Number of Victims 1
Location John Hurley's saloon
Number of Defendants 1
Type of Business Bar/saloon


Name Britt, John
Gender Male
Race White
Employed Yes
VictimEmploymentType Employed, semi-skilled (factory operative etc.)
Ethnicity Other, european
Occupation/ Skill Other, skilled laborer


Name Maskin, C.J.
Ethnicity Other, european
Race White
Employed Yes
Employment Type Employed, professional (incl. police and military)
Occupation/ Skill Law Enforcement, Police


Allegations of Police Corruption No
Time Between Crime and Arrest Days
Total Number of Defendants Arrested 1


Date of Coroner's Decision May 11, 1903
Outcome of Coroner's Judgment Defendant held to Grand Jury
Charges Against Defendant No
Trial Judge Brentano
Type of Legal Decision Recorded Coroner, grand jury, trial, and post conviction
Jury Verdict Yes
Allegations of Police Corruption No
Date of Sentence February 18, 1904
Length of Sentence 14 years
Outcome of Grand Jury Decision Indictment, other homicide, homicide unspecified
Outcome of Trial Guilty, unspecified offense
Sentenced to Joliet, Stateville