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Inmates from area eligible for parole

March 22, 2002

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A man convicted in 1984 of breaking into a Lawrence home and murdering the 94-year-old man who lived there soon will be up for parole.

James C. Fourhorn, 45, is currently serving a 15-years-to-life sentence in the Ellsworth Correctional Facility. In June 1983, he broke into the East Lawrence home of Harry Puckett and bludgeoned Puckett to death.

Fourhorn was initially charged and convicted of first-degree murder. That conviction was later thrown out because of juror misconduct. The following year he pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and aggravated burglary. The aggravated burglary conviction brought him a 15- to 20-year sentence.

On Jan. 1, 2000, Fourhorn escaped from a Wichita Work Release Facility. He was recaptured a few days later in Kansas City, Kan. He is serving a 17-month sentence for aggravated escape.

During the next few days the public will be able to give opinions to the parole board about the possible parole of Fourhorn and others who will be eligible for parole next month.

The hearings will be at the following locations:

 Monday, 9 a.m. to noon, City Hall, 701 N. Seventh St., Kansas City, Kan.

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

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

Below is a list of other inmates from the area who will be eligible for parole, the crimes they were convicted of and the county in which they were convicted.

 Robert E. Davis, Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, aggravated robbery, rape and aggravated assault in Douglas County.

 Archie L. Henderson, Hutchinson Correctional Institute, aggravated battery and attempted theft in Douglas County and aggravated robbery in Sedgwick County.

 Mario D. Martin, Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility, voluntary manslaughter in Leavenworth County, forgery and two counts of aggravated robbery in Sedgwick County.

 Richard C. Feenstra Sr., Norton Correctional Facility, attempted trafficking in drugs, Leavenworth County, manufacture and possession of narcotics and aggravated battery in Saline County.

 Sammy L. Pettis, Norton Correctional Facility, attempted battery on a correctional officer in Leavenworth County, conspiracy to manufacture and possess narcotics in Johnson County and aggravated robbery in Wyandotte County.

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