A man convicted of aggravated kidnapping and two counts of aggravated sodomy in the 1990s is eligible for a parole hearing in October, and his earliest possible release date is Nov. 1. The Prisoner Review Board will hold public comment sessions this month.
Guadalupe N. Zamora
Guadalupe N. Zamora, age 62, was sentenced in 1996 for the offenses, which occurred June 22, 1991. He is incarcerated at El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is low-medium and he is working in a job.
Zamora has been eligible for parole hearings in the past. Before a hearing in 2014, a story in the Great Bend Tribune noted that the newspaper 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.
One other inmate serving prison sentences for convictions in this part of the state is also eligible for a parole hearing in October.
Charles Hunter, now 57 years old, was convicted of multiple aggravated burglaries, rapes and attempted rapes committed in 1978 in Lawrence when he was 16 years old. Hunter was also convicted of batteries committed in Pawnee County while in custody of the Kansas Department of Corrections.
A 2011 story in the Lawrence Journal-World noted then that even if Hunter were granted parole in the Douglas County cases, he wouldn’t get out of prison. “If paroled, he would begin serving a nearly 11-year sentence for a 2005 conviction for assault a corrections officer at Larned State Hospital.”
The KDOC offender website lists that as battery against a youth center officer. The website also shows that Hunter was convicted in 2014 of battery on a mental health employee, also in Pawnee County.
The Journal-World story also noted that in 2009, a New York-based group that helps inmates obtain DNA testing for evidence said the test results confirmed the prosecution’s theory at trial and closed his case.
Hunter been in prison since Oct. 21, 1982, and has spent much of his time at Larned State Hospital and the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility. Last October, he was moved to the El Dorado Correctional Facility where his custody level is “maximum.” He is working in a job.
The Prisoner Review Board will hold public comment sessions so that any interested citizens may submit comments concerning inmates who are entitled by law to a parole hearing the following month.
This month’s hearings will be held:
• Monday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at City Hall, One McDowell Plaza, 701 N. 7th St., Kansas City
• Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at Derby Police and Courts, 1st Floor, 229 N. Baltimore, in Derby
• Friday, Sept. 20, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Jayhawk Tower, Florentine Room, 700 SW Jackson St., Topeka.
Comments may also be expressed in letter form and mailed to Kansas Department of Corrections, Prisoner Review Board; 714 SW Jackson, Suite 300; Topeka, KS 66603.