Archive for Tuesday, August 14, 2001

County criminals up for parole

August 14, 2001


Three men serving sentences for Douglas County crimes will soon be up for parole. The Kansas Parole Board is seeking public comment about them and others who have hearings next month.

One of the three men is Tyrone Walker, who is serving a 12 years-to-life sentence for second-degree murder.

Walker was convicted of killing Tamara C. Baker, 25, whose body was found in April 1990 in a wooded area of East Eighth Street. Police said she had been killed in the fall of 1989.

Walker was arrested in March 1992 in a New York City homeless shelter. He was arrested by a New York officer who found him while offering people in the shelter $10 to pose in a police lineup in unrelated cases.

Walker is now in the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

Also on the list of possible parolees is Drury Honeycutt. He was sentenced in June 1972 to life in prison. He was convicted of taking his 11-year-old cousin, Ivy Marie Honeycutt, from her North Lawrence home in October 1971. Her body was found five days after she was reported missing.

Honeycutt is in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility.

The third state inmate from Douglas County is William Norris. He has convictions for robbery and forgery and is currently being held in Lansing.

Others up for parole convicted of crimes in surrounding counties:

Earl E. Green III, Leavenworth County, second-degree murder, El Dorado.

Arzo Tucker Jr., Leavenworth County, attempted trafficking in contraband in a correctional institution and aggravated escape from custody; and Sedgwick County, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sodomy, rape and aggravated battery, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Frank L. Woods, Leavenworth County, trafficking in contraband in a correctional institution and Wyandotte County, first-degree murder, Ellsworth Correctional Facility.

Dale S. Gobert, Leavenworth County, first-degree murder, Lansing Correctional Facility.

Thaddeus Jones, Leavenworth County, aggravated escape from custody, and Sedgwick County, attempted aggravated robbery, first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, Lansing Correctional Facility.

Arthur Wright, Jefferson County, burglary theft; Shawnee County, theft, obstruction of justice, burglary; and Wyandotte County, theft, burglary, aggravated assault and aggravated battery, Lansing Correctional Facility.

Bruce A. Cooper, Leavenworth County, arson; Wyandotte County, aggravated robbery and kidnapping, Wichita Work Release Facility.

Fred R. Massey, Leavenworth, first-degree murder, Wichita Work Release Facility.

The parole board will have hearings for the public to voice its opinions on the possible parole of certain inmates. The hearings are:

9 a.m. to noon Aug. 27, Kansas City, Kan., City Hall, One McDowell Plaza, 701 N. Seventh St.

8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Aug. 31, Topeka, Landon State Office Building, first floor, room 106A, 900 S.W. Jackson.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 30, Wichita, Finney State Office Building, third floor, room 3080, 230 William St.

If you cannot attend one of the hearings, you can mail your comments to Kansas Parole Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson St., Room 452S, Topeka 66612-1220.

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