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Kan. board denies parole in trooper's 1981 slaying

Published on -7/13/2012, 7:22 AM

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- A state board in Kansas has denied parole to a man who's spent three decades in prison after being convicted of killing a state Highway Patrol trooper.

The Kansas Prisoner Review Board rejected a request from George Rainey, according to The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/Ljd7qT ). The board won't consider paroling Rainey again until July 2017.

Rainey, 53, an inmate at the state prison in Hutchinson, is serving a life sentence for the shooting of Trooper Ferdinand "Bud" Pribbenow in July 1981 in Butler County. Pribbenow stopped a car speeding on the Kansas Turnpike north of El Dorado and was shot six times.

During a hearing in May, members of Pribbenow's family asked the board to keep Rainey in prison. Also, Highway Patrol Superintendent Ernest Garcia submitted a letter opposing Rainey's parole.

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