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May 17, 1998


A Lawrence man who has been in prison since 1985 for a voluntary manslaughter conviction in the death of a 21-month-old boy is among inmates who are being considered in June for parole.

Genaro Ray Lewis, 34, is serving a five- to 20-year sentence for the Aug. 10, 1985, death of Duane Beers. Lewis was baby-sitting the boy and his 6-year-old brother when the death was discovered. Originally charged with first-degree murder, Lewis pleaded no contest to the voluntary manslaughter charge.

Lewis is also serving time for child abuse, attempted theft and aggravated escape from custody. Lewis and another inmate escaped from Winfield Correctional Facility in August 1994. He was caught two days later in Wichita.

Following is a list of other Kansas inmates who are up for parole, with the county or counties in which they were convicted, the crimes for which they were convicted and the facility were they are being held.

  • Floyd E. Guliford, Leavenworth, aggravated robbery, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
  • Thurlow Mongold, Leavenworth, rape and kidnapping, Ellsworth.
  • Edwin S. Booth, Pawnee, kidnapping and rape; Barton, rape; and Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody and aggravated assault, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
  • Randal Heim, Sedgwick, burglary and theft; Sumner, giving a worthless check; and Douglas, forgery, Hutchinson.
  • Michael A. Cardoza, Jefferson, indecent liberties with a child and aggravated indecent liberties with a child; and Douglas, aggravated indecent liberties with a child, Lansing Correctional Facility.
  • Patrick M. Martin, Montgomery, two counts of theft, two counts of burglary and one count of kidnapping; Leavenworth, attempted trafficking contraband in a correctional institution, Lansing.
  • Daniel C. Nicholson, Sedgwick, two counts of theft, aggravated escape from custody and aggravated weapons violation; Reno, two counts of burglary, theft and aggravated assault; Sumner, aggravated burglary; Butler, burglary; and Leavenworth, attempted trafficking contraband in a correctional institution, Lansing.
  • Gary L. Spillman, Douglas, attempted theft; Jefferson, first-degree murder and aggravated robbery; and Leavenworth, aggravated assault and possession of narcotics, Lansing.
  • Robert D. Bentley, Leavenworth, second-degree murder, aggravated escape from custody, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft; and Sedgwick, two counts of aggravated robbery, rape, aggravated sodomy, two counts aggravated burglary, kidnapping, aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer, aggravated escape from custody, attempted aggravated escape from custody and criminal damage to property, Lansing.
  • Joseph Lipp, Douglas, robbery, two counts possession or manufacture of a narcotic, obstruction of the legal process, unlawful possession of firearms, and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, Lansing.
  • Clark L. Lyles, Douglas, attempted aggravated assault and manufacture or possession of a narcotic, Lansing.
  • Christopher L. Turner, Douglas, attempted aggravated sodomy and rape, Lansing.
  • Melissa Bradley, Sedgwick, aggravated robbery and aggravated failure to appear; Shawnee, aggravated escape from custody; and Leavenworth, attempted trafficking contraband in a correctional institution, Topeka Correctional Facility.
  • Sheree R. Perry, Leavenworth, manufacture or possession of a narcotic, Topeka.

Public comment sessions are scheduled to allow people to talk to parole board members about the possibility of parole for the inmates. The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the Kansas City, Kan., City Hall, One McDowell Plaza; and from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 29 in Topeka at the Landon State Office Building, Room 106A, 900 SW Jackson St.

Anyone wishing to comment about any prisoner can attend the hearings. People who cannot attend the hearings may send comments to the Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 Jackson St., Room 452-South, Topeka 66612-1220.

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