Parole for Kan. cop-killer George Rainey?
We've worked cases like these a half dozen or more times, and we've got a a pretty outstanding success rate
Here we go again. A parole board in Kansas will soon hear public comments on George Rainey — the man convicted in the 1981 murder of Kansas Highway Patrolman Ferdinand “Bud” Pribbenow.
Patrolman Pribbenow had spotted Rainey driving almost 100 miles per hour (in a 55 mph zone) on the Kansas Turnpike. During the ensuing traffic stop near El Dorado, Rainey shot that intrepid law enforcer in the chest and neck, killing him.
Before he was finally apprehended, Rainey shot at — and presumably, missed, according to my research — other officers who had pursued him.
What Does ‘Life in Prison’ Mean?
Rainey — who henceforth shall be referred to only as Hutchinson Correctional Facility inmate #0035366 — was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Patrolman Pribbenow, and given “five to 20 years on a conviction for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer committed that same day in Sedgwick County,” said that Topeka Capital-Journal article.
I simply cannot comprehend how “life in prison” can translate into anything other than “life in prison," but time and again parole boards entertain the notion of freeing some of the nation’s most dangerous and violent criminals — criminals like the murderous inmate #0035366.
It certainly doesn’t translate to 30-plus years and out.
As was so eloquently stated by my good friends over at ODMP, “He is a cold blooded killer who would endanger society by being released.”
Make Your Opinion Known
A few years back, we successfully helped to prevent the parole of Anthony Wayne McIntosh, who had been convicted of murdering 22-year-old police officer Jeffrey Phegley in 1987. As recently as January we helped to prevent the parole of would-be cop-killer Ollie Tate. Now 79, Tate had been up for parole despite his attempted murder of Tony Luketic, an Ohio police officer — as well as Luketic’s mom — back in 1995.
As I mentioned at the start of this artice, we’ve worked cases like these several times now, and so far we’ve got a a pretty outstanding success rate. Let’s keep that up, shall we?
From On Premises to Online
• Monday, May 21st at the Kansas City (Kan.) City Hall (from 1000 hours to noon) in Kansas City
If you’re not able to speak your mind in person — and that would be the vast majority of you — the good folks over at ODMP have a simple online letter you can fill out.
Further, the Kansas Department of Corrections will accept a written form (downloadable here) sent to:
Prisoner Review Board
Please be advised that the Kansas DOC offers the following instructions for completing a written comment form:
“Please use the offender’s name, number and facility if known. On the relationship line, please note your association to the offender. Use the comment lines to provide the Board information not already included in the offender’s file. The Board will have information available on institutional adjustment and programs, therefore you will not need to cover these areas unless you have additional information.”
Kansas DOC says also that when you’re commenting in opposition of parole, you should “state any special conditions you would like the Board to consider in the event that the offender is granted parole.”
It’s fairly obvious to anyone reading PoliceOne what that “special condition” would be, as far as we’re concerned.
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