From multiple sources published July 19, 1930
Lester Mohr (14), under the influence of “near beer [low alcohol beer] and pop ‘spiked’ with alcohol,” beat his mother with his fists, bricks, and a poker, managed to wedge her head between a tree and a fence, beat her more, then returned to shoot her with a shotgun. The attack was sparked when Mrs. Mohr slapped her son.
Lester originally pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea to guilty. Due to Lester’s age, he was not given a life sentence at his sentencing, instead being handed a term of 50 years of hard labor with the chance of a reduced sentence for good behavior. He was paroled in 1940 but violated his parole in 1945 after being charged with forgery.
The Souix City Journal, published July 30, 1930 (photograph)
The Daily Times (Davenport), published July 19, 1930 (left article)
The Milwaukee Journal, published July 19, 1930 (right article)