Two men serving time in prison for crimes committed in area counties are eligible for parole hearings before the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in January. Public comment sessions will be held in December.
Dennis E. Shaw III, 60, is currently in maximum security at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility.
Crimes he convicted of include aggravated robbery in 1975 in Sedgwick County; attempted rape in 1978 in Sedgwick County; attempted rape in 1988 in Pawnee County; attempted aggravated sexual battery in 1990 in Leavenworth County; and attempted battery of a state corrections officer or employee in 2009 in Pawnee County. His last parole hearing was in 2011.
Curtis Lee Bentley, 54, is incarcerated at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility-Central where his custody level is low-medium. He committed aggravated battery in Douglas County in 1978 and again in Ellsworth County in 1991. He also committed aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer in Leavenworth County in 1981, and aggravated sodomy in Reno County in 1981. Bentley’s last parole hearing was in April of this year.
Public comment sessions will be held Dec. 8 at City Hall in Kansas City; Dec. 10 at Derby Police and Courts in Derby; and Dec. 12 at the Municipal Courthouse in Topeka.
People who cannot attend the hearings can contact the board in writing at: Kansas Department of Corrections, Prisoner Review Board, 714 SW Jackson St., Suite 300, Topeka, KS 66603.