A Franklin County man, who was convicted of second-degree murder in 1973, is among five prison inmates convicted of felony crimes in local and area courts who will be considered for parole in October.
Stanley N. Garrett was convicted in the September 1971 stabbing death of his neighbor, Maude Richardson, 85. Garrett was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison for Richardson's death. He also is serving an additional prison term for convictions on unrelated charges of aggravated assault, rape and aggravated sodomy. Those charges stem from a November 1971 attack on an Ottawa couple. He currently is incarcerated in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
Following is a list of other inmates who are up for parole. The list includes the county or counties in which they were convicted, the crimes for which they were convicted and the facility where they are incarcerated.
- Mark E. Johnson, Jefferson, indecent liberties with a child, El Dorado Correctional Facility.
- Charles E. Harris, Shawnee, Jefferson and Lyon, forgery, theft and manufacture, possession or distribution of drugs, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
- Willard E. Beers, Douglas, aggravated indecent solicitation of a child, Lansing Correctional Facility.
- Leonard D. Sharon Sr., Douglas, theft, Wichita Work Release Facility.
The parole board has scheduled three public comment sessions to gather input on whether to grant parole to these and other inmates.
The sessions are scheduled:
- 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at city hall, One McDowell Plaza, 701 North Seventh, Kansas City, Kan.
- 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 26, at the Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson, Room 106A, Topeka.
- 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at the City Council Chambers, first floor, Municipal Building, 455 N. Main, Wichita.
Anyone who would like to comment, but cannot attend a session, may write to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson St., Room 452-South, Topeka 66612-1220.