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Lorna Anderson loses appeal for prison release

April 25, 2001

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— Lorna Anderson, the church secretary imprisoned for her role in the 1983 murder of her husband and the subject of a TV movie, lost her appeal for release Monday.

Shawnee County District Judge Matthew Dowd rejected Anderson's appeal to overturn the Kansas Parole Board's decision to deny her release from prison.

Anderson contended that the parole board's decision was arbitrary and capricious because it did not disclose the nature of objections to her release and that she had "served a disproportionately long sentence."

Her attorney stated in March that Anderson had been denied parole because she had become a "legend" in Kansas crime due to the television movie "Murder Ordained" and continuing press coverage of her case.

In rejecting her appeal, Dowd said the parole board has discretion on whether to disclose the nature and source of the objections on which the denial was based.

Anderson, an inmate at the Topeka Correctional Facility, is serving 15 years to life after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in her husband's death.

She also is serving two concurrent sentences of five to 18 years for her conviction for soliciting two men to murder him.

Martin Anderson was shot to death by a masked gunman south of Junction City, in front of the couple's two young children.

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