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CONVICTED MURDERER ELIGIBLE FOR PAROLE

November 15, 1999

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A convicted murderer and other felons are eligible for parole next month, and the state parole board is seeking comments.

A Topeka man convicted of murder in the August 1981 shooting death of a Topeka woman is again seeking parole from prison.

LV Luarks Jr., now 40, was paroled in March 1992 and March 1994, but both times he violated conditions of his parole and returned to prison. He received 15 years to life in prison for second-degree murder in the death of Terry Brown, but was convicted of possession and sale of drugs in 1994 in Sedgwick County. Those convictions added 37 months to his term.

Luarks is in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, and is eligible for parole in December. The Kansas Parole Board is seeking comments about the possible release of Luarks and other inmates at three public comment sessions this month.

Luarks and Gwyndolyn McNair were convicted in Brown's death. According to testimony during the trial, the shooting was in retaliation for the alleged burglary of McNair's Topeka home.

Following is a list of other inmates who were convicted in local and area courts whose parole hearings are also scheduled in December. The list includes the county or counties in which they were convicted, the crimes they committed and the facility in which they are incarcerated.

  • Floyd E. Guliford, Leavenworth, aggravated robbery, El Dorado Correctional Facility.
  • John Allen Purdy, Sedgwick, first-degree murder, two counts aggravated robbery, one count aggravated burglary; Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody; and Reno, aggravated battery, El Dorado Correctional Facility.
  • Sammy L. Pettis, Johnson, conspiracy to manufacture or possess narcotics; Wyandotte, aggravated robbery; and Leavenworth, attempted battery on a correctional facility; Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
  • Byron C. Brown, Sedgwick, aggravated robbery and kidnapping; and Leavenworth, aggravated escape from custody; Lansing Correctional Facility.
  • Bobby J. Hammond, Leavenworth, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault and aggravated battery; Wyandotte, aggravated robbery, Lansing Correctional Facility.
  • Jeffery S. Hughes, Franklin, aggravated assault; Miami, aggravated escape from custody and voluntary manslaughter; and Butler, trafficking contraband in a penal institution, Lansing Correctional Facility.
  • Scott A. Motley, Wyandotte, two counts burglary, two counts theft and one count attempted aggravated robbery; Johnson, unlawful possession of a firearm and aggravated assault; and Leavenworth, battery on a correctional officer.
  • Connie White, Leavenworth, two counts of manufacturing or possessing narcotics, Topeka Correctional Facility.
  • Keith A. Hilliard, Cloud, forgery and giving a worthless check; Marion, aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer; and Douglas, burglary; Wichita Work Release Facility.

The hearings will be:

From 9 a.m. to noon today at the Kansas City, Kan., City Hall, 701 N. Seventh.

From 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Finney State Office Building in Wichita, 230 William St.

From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 29, at the Landon State Office Building in Topeka, 900 S.W. Jackson St.

Anyone who wants to send comments to the parole board, but won't be able to attend the hearings, can write to: Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson St., Room 452 South, Topeka 66612-1220.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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