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2 convicted murderers eligible for parole hearings

December 6, 2011

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The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hear public comments this month on two prisoners convicted of murder in Douglas County who are eligible for parole in February.

Kansas Department of Corrections mug shot of Donald Bruce, who was convicted in 1992 in Douglas County of first-degree murder. Bruce is eligible for parole in February.

Kansas Department of Corrections mug shot of Donald Bruce, who was convicted in 1992 in Douglas County of first-degree murder. Bruce is eligible for parole in February.

Donald Bruce, 49, is serving up to a life sentence on a 1992 first-degree murder conviction from Douglas County for the beating death of a 23-month-old boy, who was the son of Bruce’s girlfriend at the time. Bruce was passed over for parole once before in 2007.

Kansas Department of Corrections mug shot of Tyrone Walker, who pleaded no contest to the 1989 strangling murder of Tamara Baker in Lawrence.  Walker is eligible for parole in February.

Kansas Department of Corrections mug shot of Tyrone Walker, who pleaded no contest to the 1989 strangling murder of Tamara Baker in Lawrence. Walker is eligible for parole in February.

Tyrone Walker, 46, pleaded no contest in 1990 to a second-degree murder charge for strangling Tamara Baker, who disappeared on Halloween night in 1989. Baker’s decomposed body was later found in a wooded area in east Lawrence. Walker received a sentence of 12 years to life and has been paroled twice, in 2005 and 2010, but was returned to prison on parole violations.

Walker and Bruce will both have parole hearings in January.

The public can comment on any inmate up for parole at these locations:

• Wichita: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 19, 230 E. William St., room 3080.

• Kansas City: 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 20, 701 N. 7th St.

• Topeka: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 21, 900 S.W. Jackson, room 106A.

Members of the public also can write letters to: Prisoner Review Board, Landon State Office Building, 900 S.W. Jackson St., 4th floor Topeka, 66612-1220.

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Comments

Shane Garrett 2 years, 4 months ago

Tamara was a very nice person on the occasions I happened to meet her. Mr. Walker needs to stay where he is. What he did was self centered and unforgivable. I do not understand how he was released twice in the past. In my opinion. If memory serves me correctly I saw her earlier that night. She was wearing a knee high dress, the type representative of the ragged witch outfit she was a human person.

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catfishturkeyhunter 2 years, 4 months ago

Mr Douglas gave that boy a life sentence with out parrole, so I say he should never see civilization again. As for Walker, he is a repeat offender and has obviously not been able to stay out of trouble, so he too should stare at concrete and steal the rest of his days.

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Jane 2 years, 4 months ago

I'd like to smack the smirk off Walker's face.

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somebodynew 2 years, 4 months ago

Well, cletus26, it appears Mr. Walker has already shown that he hasn't found a better way since he has been out twice and couldn't stay out of trouble. Hopefully they will be passed over again, but doubtful with all the crowding and money involved.

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blue73harley 2 years, 4 months ago

I hope they don't return to the streets.

Beating a toddler to death should have justified a death penalty.

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cletus26 2 years, 4 months ago

well i be... let's just hope they have better attitudes and have found a better way to solve problems when they return to the streets...

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