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Friday, July 31, 2009

They won't forget Nancy Shoemaker

Nancy Donald Wacker -- the man who watched while 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker was raped and murdered -- will ask the Kansas Parole Board to release him from prison this October. Opponents are already organizing to keep him behind bars, the Wichita Eagle reports.

If you're not familiar with the case, Nancy disappeared in 1990. She was walking to a convenience store to buy a 7-Up for her brother, who was sick. Her body wouldn't be discovered until seven months later in Sumner County.

Her killer, Doil Lane, was sentenced to death in another little girl's rape and murder, but he wasn't executed because he's mentally retarded, the Eagle notes. He's still in prison in Texas. Wacker, meanwhile, was sentenced to 16 years to life. His family had previously argued for parole by saying that he's reformed and that "he wasn't the one who done it."

Parents of Murdered Children are part of the effort to oppose Wacker's parole. They've got a petition on their Web site.

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