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March 3, 1987 | From Reuters
Larry Layton, a Peoples Temple member convicted of conspiracy in the 1978 killing of U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana, was sentenced today to life in prison with possible parole in five years. Ryan, a California Democrat, was shot to death along with four other people near the Peoples Temple jungle compound in Guyana. After his slaying, more than 900 members of the sect led by the Rev. Jim Jones died in a mass suicide.
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August 17, 1988
The murder-conspiracy conviction of former Peoples Temple cult member Larry Layton in the 1978 death of Rep. Leo Ryan was upheld by a federal appeals court in San Francisco. Layton, 42, is currently at Terminal Island Federal Prison serving a life term for Ryan's killing. Layton was never accused of the actual shooting of Ryan. However, he was considered part of a conspiracy concocted by Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones to get rid of dissenters and silence critics.
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January 26, 1987
U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham in San Francisco postponed sentencing of former People's Temple member Larry Layton until March 3, giving Layton's new lawyer time to prepare for the hearing and for a request that Layton get a new trial. Layton was convicted on Dec. 1 of conspiring to murder California congressman Leo Ryan and a foreign service officer in an ambush that led to the Jonestown massacre in November, 1978. Robert R.
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August 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of a former follower of the Rev. Jim Jones for conspiring in the murder of a congressman hours before the mass murder-suicide at Peoples Temple in 1978. In a 3-0 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by a lawyer for Larry Layton that a tape-recorded speech by Jones was improperly used as evidence and that his trial lawyers provided an inadequate defense.
NEWS
June 16, 1987
Former Peoples Temple member Larry Layton's post-conviction efforts to prove his defense lawyers incompetent cost him his freedom. San Francisco Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham revoked the $250,000 bail he had granted in March pending appeal of Layton's convictions on charges of conspiracy and abetting the 1978 murder of Rep. Leo Ryan.
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November 19, 1986 | Associated Press
On the eighth anniversary of the slaughter at Jonestown, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday that former Peoples Temple member Larry Layton was part of a conspiracy to murder a congressman and keep the outside world from learning about conditions at the jungle compound. "A number of persons, including Larry Layton, knowingly agreed to kill everyone who was planning to depart Jonestown," including Rep. Leo Ryan (D-Calif.), fleeing temple dissidents, relatives and reporters, said U.S. Atty.
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November 20, 1986 | Associated Press
The second trial of former Peoples Temple member Larry Layton was sent today to a federal court jury that heard conflicting versions of Layton's role--as a vital cog in a murder conspiracy, or a lone and deluded actor who is being made a scapegoat. Jurors were told to begin deliberations after 90 minutes of instructions by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham.
NEWS
June 4, 1987
Former Peoples Temple member Larry Layton lost his attempt to get a new trial on charges of aiding in the murder of Rep. Leo Ryan (D-San Mateo) and diplomat Richard C. Dwyer in Guyana nine years ago. Chief U.S. District Judge Robert Peckham in San Francisco rejected the claim by Layton's new attorney that the defendant was denied effective legal representation because his trial lawyers failed to learn that he faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted and did not put on an insanity defense.
NEWS
April 1, 1987 | Associated Press
Former Peoples Temple member Larry Layton was released Tuesday on $250,000 bail while he appeals his conviction and life sentence on charges of aiding in the 1978 murder of a congressman. Layton, 41, was freed after his father, Laurence Layton of Emeryville, posted $25,000 in checks with a federal magistrate. The father would have to forfeit the entire $250,000 if his son jumps bail.
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March 4, 1987 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
Larry Layton was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for his role in conspiring to murder Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana in 1978. But Layton, saying he wishes he could ease the pain of survivors of the Jonestown massacre, could be freed within five years. U.S. District Judge Robert F. Peckham recommended that parole authorities consider releasing Layton in five years.
NEWS
March 3, 1987 | From Reuters
Larry Layton, a Peoples Temple member convicted of conspiracy in the 1978 killing of U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan in Guyana, was sentenced today to life in prison with possible parole in five years. Ryan, a California Democrat, was shot to death along with four other people near the Peoples Temple jungle compound in Guyana. After his slaying, more than 900 members of the sect led by the Rev. Jim Jones died in a mass suicide.
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