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Crime History: Billy the Kid convicted of sheriff's murder

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On this day, April 9, in 1881, Billy the Kid was convicted of murdering the Lincoln County, N.M., sheriff and was sentenced to hang. Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid earned the nickname after he shot and killed Sheriff William Brady, the man supposedly responsible for killing McCarty's boss, John Tunstall, a powerful cattle man who became the first casualty in a violent feud known as the...

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