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Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2001

Lawrence rapist’s parole case to be heard

Convict imprisoned since 1982 for rapes, attempted rapes

November 8, 2001

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A Lawrence man will soon be up for parole after he was convicted 23 years ago for several sexual assaults and break-ins that he claimed were commanded by voices in his head.

Charles Hunter, 39, is serving 29- to 110-year-total prison sentences for convictions on four counts of rape, two counts of attempted rape and seven counts of aggravated burglary.

The incidents were during a 17-day period in December 1978. During his trial, Hunter said he committed the crimes because voices in his head told him to. He wasn't sentenced to prison until 1982 because he spent three years in a mental institution after the trial.

The Kansas Parole Board is asking for public comments about the possible parole of Hunter and others who will go before the parole board in December.

Besides Hunter, others who will be eligible for parole from this area and the crimes they were convicted of are as follows:

l Jeffery Hughes, Franklin County, aggravated assault; Miami County, aggravated escape and voluntary manslaughter, and Butler County, trafficking in contraband in a prison.

l Bobby Hammond, Leavenworth County, aggravated robbery, aggravated battery and aggravated assault, and Wyandotte County, aggravated robbery.

Public comment sessions will be at the following times, dates and locations:

l 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Nov. 26, Kansas City, Kan., City Hall, 701 N. Seventh St.

l 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 27, Wichita, Finney State Office Building, third floor, room 3080, 230 William St.

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

Those who cannot attend one of the sessions can still send their comments in writing to the parole board at the Topeka Landon building address.

Parole eligibility is not necessarily the same as parole suitability. Among the considerations in deciding parole are the crime, criminal history, prison program participation, disciplinary record and public comments.

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