A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy in Barton County is eligible for a parole hearing later this year, according to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.
Guadalupe N. “Lupe” Zamora was sentenced Feb. 2, 1996, for crimes committed on June 22, 1991. Now 56 years old, Zamora is incarcerated at Lansing Correctional Facility-Central and his custody level is maximum. He is eligible for a parole hearing in October, and his earliest possible release date is Nov. 1.
The Great Bend Tribune reported on Zamora’s initial arrest. Zamora, then a 33-year-old Great Bend resident, molested a 9-year-old boy the same day he had gone fishing with the boy at Stone Lake. A group of witnesses claimed he had made sexual advances to the boy at the lake and later in the 200 block of Baker Ave. The witnesses told police they confronted Zamora and he then grabbed the boy and ran across the street, attacking the child between two buildings.
Two other inmates serving prison sentences for kidnapping convictions in this part of the state are Ricky Ray Redford and Mikel Trumbly. They also are eligible for parole hearings in October.
Redford, now 58, was incarcerated in 1986 after being convicted of aggravated assault and of soliciting kidnapping, both committed in Ellsworth County. He also has convictions for aggravated kidnapping, aggravated sodomy, rape, aggravated battery, burglary and criminal damage to property ($150 or more), all in Sedgwick County, from the same series of events in 1986. He is in El Dorado Correctional Facility and his custody level is low-medium. Redford’s former girlfriend was the victim who was taken from Wichita to an Ellsworth County farmhouse, beaten and raped, all because he believed she had stolen his drug money.
Trumbly committed first-degree murder and kidnapping on Oct. 22, 1979, in Pratt County, when he was 18 years old. He also committed aggravated battery – intentional bodily harm – on Nov. 29, 1998, as an inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Now 52 years old, he is at El Dorado Correctional Facility and his custody level is low-medium. In 1980 The Hutchinson News reported his conviction and life sentence were the result of a plea bargain. He was originally charged with killing Lila Wright, 34, after robbing her at an all night convenience store, driving her into the country in her truck, raping her and stabbing her.
He appealed to the Kansas Supreme Court after being denied parole in 2007, but the high court ruled, “In Kansas, parole is a matter of grace and not of right.” The violence of his crime and continued actions in prison were considered sufficient reasons for denying him parole. He was last disciplined in 2010, for possession of “less dangerous” contraband.
Public comments regarding these inmates will be heard at sessions on Sept. 15 at City Hall in Kansas City; Sept. 17 at Derby Police and Courts in Derby; and Sept. 19 at the Municipal Courthouse in Topeka. Those who cannot attend one of the public sessions may comment in writing. Send letters to: Kansas Department of Corrections, Prisoner Review Board; 714 SW Jackson, Suite 300; Topeka, KS 66603,