Offence: Theft > theft from a specified place
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty
James How , alias Harris , was indicted for feloniously stealing Goods to the Value of 5 l. out of the House of John Spencer ; to which Indictment he refused to plead, pretending he expected to be admitted as an Evidence, but his Crimes were too notorious for that Liberty to he admitted him, yet the Court not willing immediately to order him to the Punishment which the Law directs on such Occasions, ordered the Sentence should be read to him, and indulg'd him with Time to consider of it; the Preamble is as followeth:
That the Prisoner shall be sent to the Prison from whence be came, and put into a mean House stopp'd from Light, and there shall be laid upon the bare Ground, without any Litter, Straw, or other Covering, and without any Garment about him, saving something to cover his Privy Members, and that he shall lie upon his Back, and his Face
The next Morning he considered of the ill Consequence which would attend his Obstinacy, and pleaded Guilty to the Indictment .