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August 24, 1997


The Kansas Parole Board is seeking public comment on prisoners who are up for parole.

A man who pleaded guilty to aggravated kidnapping after his 11-year-old cousin was found dead is among a group of Kansas inmates who are up for parole.

The Kansas Parole Board is taking comments from the public concerning the inmates, which include Drury L. Honeycutt.

Honeycutt was convicted of taking his cousin, Ivy Marie Honeycutt, from her North Lawrence home in October 1971. Her body was found five days after her parents reported her missing. He was sentenced in June 1972 to life imprisonment and is currently being held in the Lansing 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 being held.

  • John D. Stovall, Leavenworth, attempted manufacture, possession or distribution of a narcotic, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
  • Stanley Swistak, Douglas, aggravated kidnapping, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
  • Donald W. Guhl, Leavenworth, attempting to traffic in contraband at a correctional facility; Johnson, four counts of robbery and three counts of aggravated robbery; Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
  • Ronald G. Shaffer, Leavenworth, voluntary manslaughter, attempted aggravated escape from custody; Shawnee, first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and unlawful possession of firearms, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
  • Michael W. Franklin, Franklin, rape, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
  • James Ruby, Leavenworth, first-degree murder and rape, Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.
  • Thaddeus Jones, Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody; Sedgwick, first-degree murder, unlawful use of credit card and two counts of aggravated robbery, Lansing Correctional Facility.

The public comment sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the Kansas City, Kan., City Hall, One McDowell Plaza; and from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Wichita at the Finney State Office Building, third floor, Room 3080, 230 East William St.

Anyone wishing to comment about any prisoner may attend the hearings. People who cannot attend the hearings are asked to contact the board at: Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson St., Room 452-South, Topeka, Kan. 66612-1220.

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