Archive for Tuesday, February 7, 1995


February 7, 1995


The Kansas Parole Board has denied parole for a former Lawrence resident who was convicted in 1977 in the stabbing death of Margaret Maxey.

The board's decision means that James R. Gardner will next be eligible for review by the parole board in June 1996.

Gardner pleaded guilty in May 1977 to second-degree murder in Maxey's death. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for the crime, but his minimum sentence was doubled because he had a prior felony conviction in Texas. He presently is incarcerated in the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Maxey's legless body was found at the foot of a wooded hillside in East Lawrence in February 1977.

Gardner's older brother, Joseph Gardner Jr., also was convicted in connection with Maxey's death. He was sentenced to two to 10 years in prison for attempting to cover up his brother's crime.

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