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November 12, 1998


The Kansas Parole Board is asking for public comments concerning inmates who are eligible for parole in December.

From J-W Staff Reports

A rapist who repeatedly has filed court documents in an attempt to overturn convictions from a 17-day spree of break-ins and sexual assaults 20 years ago will appear before a parole board in December.

Charles Hunter, 36, is serving a 29- to 110-year prison sentence for four counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and seven counts of aggravated burglary. Hunter and other inmates who are eligible for parole will meet with the board next month.

During his trial Hunter said he broke into seven homes in December 1978 because voices in his head told him to do so. He was sentenced in 1982 after more than three years of treatment at a mental institution.

The Kansas Parole Board is asking for public comments concerning the possible release of Hunter as well other inmates who were sentenced in the Lawrence area.

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 facilities were they are being held.

  • Dave Leon Benton, Leavenworth, indecent liberties with a child, aggravated sodomy, El Dorado Correctional Facility.
  • James Cox, Shawnee, forgery, robbery, criminal damage to property, obstruction of the legal process, burglary and three counts of theft; Sedgwick, burglary; and Leavenworth, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer and battery on a correctional officer, El Dorado.
  • Scott A. Motley, Wyandotte, two counts of theft, two counts of burglary, attempted aggravated robbery; Johnson, unlawful possession of firearms and aggravated assault; and Leavenworth, battery on a correctional officer, El Dorado.
  • John Allen Purdy, Sedgwick, first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and two counts aggravated robbery; Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody; and Reno, aggravated battery, El Dorado.
  • Philip Tolbert, Leavenworth, kidnapping and rape, El Dorado.
  • Robert Williams Jr., Leavenworth, aggravated burglary, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
  • L.V. Luarks Jr., Douglas, second-degree murder; Sedgwick, drug tax stamp violation and two counts of possession of narcotics, Hutchinson Correctional Facility.
  • Byron C. Brown, Sedgwick, aggravated robbery and kidnapping, and Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody, Lansing Correctional Facility.
  • Leslie Ellifritz, Jefferson, second-degree murder and rape, Lansing.
  • Bobby J. Hammond, Leavenworth, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, and Wyandotte, aggravated robbery, Lansing.
  • Jeffrey Lanham, Miami, burglary, theft, aggravated sodomy; Shawnee, unlawful possession of firearms; and Douglas, attempted criminal possession of a firearm, Lansing.
  • Frederick Slezak, Wyandotte, robbery; Douglas, theft; and Leavenworth, attempted trafficking contraband in a correctional institution, Lansing.

Public comment sessions are scheduled in Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., to allow people to talk to parole board members about the possibility of parole for the inmates. The Topeka session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Landon State Office Building, Room 106A, 900 SW Jackson Street. The Kansas City session will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 23 at city hall, One McDowell Plaza, 701 N. Seventh.

Another hearing will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Wichita at the Finney State Office Building, third floor, Room 3080, at 230 William.

Anyone wishing to comment about any prisoner can 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, Room 452-South, Topeka 66612-1220.

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