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.
April 1, 1987 |
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.
March 4, 1987 |
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.
March 3, 1987 |
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.