Twenty-five years after going to prison for aggravated battery committed in Ellsworth County, Curtis Lee Bentley, 57, is scheduled for a parole hearing in November. The Prisoner Review Board will determine whether he is a good candidate for supervised release on or after Dec. 1.
He is incarcerated at Hutchinson Correction Facility-Central where his custody level is low-medium. He is working a job.
Bentley was incarcerated in 1992 for an aggravated battery that occurred the previous year in Ellsworth County. He is also serving time for a 1981 conviction of aggravated sodomy in Reno County, a 1978 aggravated battery committed in Douglas County and a 1981 aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer in Leavenworth County. He has been paroled in the past, unsuccessfully. The last time he was paroled was in 2015 but he absconded in February 2016 and returned to prison later that month.
The Prisoner Review Board will accept public comments on Bentley and others with November parole hearings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, at the Topeka Municipal Court House. Written comments may be mailed to Kansas Department of Corrections, Prisoner Review Board; 714 SW Jackson, Suite 300; Topeka, KS 66603.
The Prisoner Review Board will hold public comments in November for inmates who are eligible for parole hearings in December or January. There will be no public comment sessions in December. At this time, no other inmates with convictions in Barton and its surrounding counties are scheduled for parole hearings.