Eight defendants convicted in Lincoln assassination 150 years ago today (June 30 1865)


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(Friday, June 30, 1865) — Eight people, including Mary Surratt and Dr. Samuel Mudd, were convicted today by a military commission of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. Four of the defendants, including Surratt, would be executed July 7, 1865; Mudd was sentenced to life in prison, but was pardoned by President Andrew Johnson in 1869.

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