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Man convicted in 1993 Lawrence murder asks governor for clemency

A man convicted of shooting a stranger in the head and killing him during a 1993 robbery attempt in Lawrence is asking the governor for a pardon.

January 27, 2010

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A man convicted of shooting a stranger in the head and killing him during a 1993 robbery attempt in Lawrence is asking the governor for a pardon.

“I take full responsibility of the death and murder of Edward Lees and feel remorse everyday for him and his family,” Abe Orr, 34, says in his clemency application.

Orr was convicted of committing the September 1993 crime at the entrance to Riverfront Park in North Lawrence.

Lees, the victim, was with his girlfriend and her two children when Orr and two friends tried to carjack his Isuzu Trooper. Orr, then 17, shot Lees through a window when he refused to get out of the vehicle.

“It’s one of the county’s most senseless cases, it was just flat out a cold-blooded murder,” said Charles Branson, current Douglas County district attorney.

Jerry Wells, the former district attorney who prosecuted the case, said Orr, who was sentenced to 15 years-to-life in prison for the murder, has no business back on the streets.

“I don’t know that that kind of personality, that kind of makeup in someone that shoots somebody in cold blood, could ever justify release,” Wells said, during an interview Wednesday at his Lawrence home.

In his application — incorrectly addressed to Gov. Mike Parkinson — Orr asks the governor to pardon him from serving any more time for murder and to let him begin serving his sentence of 32 months for the attempted aggravated robbery he was convicted of. He cites prison overcrowding, mental health counseling and his ailing family as criteria for the pardon.

As part of the state’s clemency application process, the judge, prosecuting attorney, sheriff and police chief located in the county of conviction are given a chance to respond, before the information is passed onto the governor for a decision. The parole board, which organizes the applications, said it receives about 40 of them a year.

“It just absolutely shocks the senses that this person would be asking for a pardon, or clemency, from the governor’s office for a crime such as this,” Branson said. “It just doesn’t make any sense.”

Shortly after his initial arrest, prosecutors said Orr reportedly grabbed a jailer and threatened to break his neck during an escape attempt from the jail. During his time in prison, a sentence that has been served primarily at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, Orr’s been written up for multiple thefts, batteries, lewd acts, fights, assaults and other behavior reports.

Branson said Orr has shown little remorse during his time in custody and the prosecutor sent a letter to the parole board objecting to the man’s clemency application, which will be forwarded to the governor in March for a decision.

Comments

Zype 5 years, 2 months ago

Because Branson frequently talkes to prisoners and would know if they felt remorse or not.

I don't know if this guy deserves a second chance or not, but Branson should get off his high horse and stop pretending he knows best.

Amy Heeter 5 years, 2 months ago

I remember this case. We were riding with my mom in North Lawrence that night & saw these guys trying doors on cars. My mom called the police to report them for breaking into cars. Later that guy was shot. Turned out to be the same guys.

somebodynew 5 years, 2 months ago

arti - I too remember this case. It was extremely bad on a lot of people and I wish they would send me one of those forms to comment on, I would certainly oppose this.

"Shortly after his initial arrest, prosecutors said Orr reportedly grabbed a jailer and threatened to break his neck during an escape attempt from the jail. During his time in prison, a sentence that has been served primarily at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, Orr’s been written up for multiple thefts, batteries, lewd acts, fights, assaults and other behavior reports."

Welllll, that "mental health counseling" seems to really had a postive effect on him, hasn't it ???? AND, prison overcrowding?? Give me a f** break. Prisons are supposed to keep dangerous people out of society, and I know this guy certainly fits that description.

kugrad 5 years, 2 months ago

This crime occurred very close to where I was living at the time. It was a completely callous and cold-blooded murder. This loser actually argued in court that he was unaware that it was illegal to shoot and kill someone! I am not kidding! It made "news of the weird," the syndicated column that runs in weeklys like The Pitch in KC. He shot the guy for refusing to turn over his car while his fiance and her kid were sitting right there. Can you imagine the suffering she feels every day? There is NO WAY this guy should see the light of day so soon, let alone be granted clemency. He is where he belongs and I hope he stays there for a long, long time.

Randall Barnes 5 years, 2 months ago

Mar 17, 2009 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central UnAuthzd Use Inmate Telephone Feb 08, 2009 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Theft Jan 31, 2009 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Battery Jan 31, 2009 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Insub/Disrespect Officer/Other Dec 04, 2008 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Dec 04, 2008 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Possession UnAuth Commo Device Oct 19, 2008 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Insub/Disrespect Officer/Other Aug 05, 2008 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Jul 23, 2007 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Restr Area/Unauth Presence Jul 23, 2007 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Less Dangerous Contraband Jul 23, 2007 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Less Dangerous Contraband Jul 05, 2007 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Dangerous Contraband Dec 04, 2006 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Dangerous Contraband Oct 24, 2006 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Violation of Published Orders Apr 18, 2006 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Unauthorized Dealing or Trade Mar 16, 2006 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Disobeying Orders Mar 16, 2006 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Dangerous Contraband Jun 13, 2005 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Oct 19, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Disobeying Orders Aug 27, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Disobeying Orders Aug 26, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Threaten or Intim Any Person Aug 25, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Aug 14, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Apr 10, 2004 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Mar 01, 2004 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Work Performance Jan 12, 2004 3 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Noise

Randall Barnes 5 years, 2 months ago

Sep 24, 2003 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Disobeying Orders Jul 17, 2003 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Unauthorized Dealing or Trade Jan 30, 2003 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Theft Jan 30, 2003 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Fighting Sep 17, 2002 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Disobeying Orders Jul 31, 2002 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Jun 23, 2002 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lewd Acts Feb 21, 2002 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lew Acts (1st/2nd Violation) Jan 26, 2002 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Assault Jan 26, 2002 3 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Obscenity (W/O Children) Aug 21, 2001 1 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Avoiding an Officer Aug 21, 2001 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Insub/Disrespect Officer/Other Jul 26, 2001 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Insub/Disrespect Officer/Other Mar 31, 2001 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Lew Acts (1st/2nd Violation) Mar 31, 2001 2 Lansing Correctional Facility - Central Conduct Reg. Visitors/Public Oct 12, 1999 1 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Fighting Sep 05, 1999 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Regis. & Use of Pers. Property Jan 05, 1999 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Unauthorized Dealing or Trade Oct 15, 1998 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Debt Adj or Collection Proh. Apr 14, 1998 1 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Disobeying Orders Dec 08, 1997 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Gambling and Bookmaking Jan 25, 1997 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Insub/Disrespect Officer/Other Jul 31, 1996 3 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Restr Area and Unauth Presence Apr 29, 1996 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Regis. & Use of Pers. Property Feb 24, 1996 2 El Dorado Correctional Fac. - Central Less Dangerous Contraband

Grump 5 years, 2 months ago

I lived in north Lawrence at the time and saw these guys as they walked down from the Turnpike, so I followed the case closely. It was one of the most senseless, cold-blooded killings ever in Lawrence. I hope Orr spends the rest of his life in prison.

SirReal 5 years, 2 months ago

No, he should not get clemency, is this guy on crack? I hope he reads this in prison, where you are gonna stay for the rest of your life,.. you screwed up, deal with it. Your victim will not be coming back and the pain you caused can never be erased.

BlackVelvet 5 years, 2 months ago

I know it doesn't mean much, but I recall that Abrham Orr is from.....Topeka............................................go figure

Christine Anderson 5 years, 2 months ago

This person obviously is not making a sincere attempt to fool prison authorities into thinking he has changed. A con with half a brain will at least play the game if he wants out. This dude is more than a few bricks shy of a full load. Based on the list of infractions while in prison, he is as unrepentant as a couple of inmates I had the "pleasure" of dealing with- Keith Nelson and Robert Courtney.

yankeevet 5 years, 2 months ago

Get a rope; a mule; and an old oak tree..........frontier justice at its best..........hangem high

wakarusan 5 years, 2 months ago

What a great example of Death Penalty material... And why is he still breathing my air?

grammaddy 5 years, 2 months ago

Wasn't Courtney Crockett the other defendant in this case?

bearded_gnome 5 years, 2 months ago

Overcrowded prison?

Wah!

Mental health counseling? substitute the use of waterboarding and a cattleprod.


“I take full responsibility of the death and murder of Edward Lees and feel remorse everyday for him and his family,” Abe Orr, 34, says in his clemency

---"responsibility of the death ..." so apparently he's not studying English while in the bighouse. I think his ap should've been returned: "no such recipient at this address 'Mike Parkinson.'"

Agree, why don't we have a swift and sure death penalty yet? this guy sure fits for it! Branson, instead of trying to look all big and tough, should try to get the system changed so criminals like this get a quick and apropriate death penalty.

marymo70 5 years, 2 months ago

Seriously!?! He should've never seen another sunrise and now he wants out of prison.

methastophalize 5 years, 1 month ago

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BigAl 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with yankeevet.
There was a hangin' tree in Horse Thief Canyon just north of Dodge City. A little "Dodge City Justice" is just what this guy needs.

Jimo 5 years, 1 month ago

I remember the case well.

I'm certain that there are plenty of people in prison who deserve some clemency. While it can be difficult to figure out who they are, I'm fairly certain that Orr is not one of them.

I'll be pleased to work on my Kansas income tax forms this weekend knowing that some of the money goes to keeping this consciousless predator in prison.

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