The Kansas Parole Board has denied parole for a former Ozawkie man who was convicted in 1987 of attempting to kill his wife.
In its decision, the board said Doyce Bates would next be eligible for parole consideration in December 1996. He is serving 10 years to life in prison at the Lansing Correctional Facility for his conviction on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.
The board's decision was welcome news to Lawrence resident Roberta Lynn, Bates' former wife. Evidence during the trial indicated Lynn was shot once in the head on Feb. 7, 1987, and left to die on a southeast Jefferson County road. Lynn was one of several people who testified at the parole board's public hearing on Bates' parole request.
"I think it's great,'' Lynn said of the decision. "The longer he stays in there, the better I feel about it.''
Before the public comment session, Lynn said she feared Bates would be released because his parole had been denied in 1992.