Man behind fatal 1986 Lawrence arson fire up for parole

TOPEKA | The man who set a 1986 fire that killed a Lawrence firefighter is up for parole in June.

The Kansas Parole Board will take public comments Friday in Topeka, before deciding whether to grant parole to David Winebrenner. He's now in his 40s and serving a life sentence for the death of firefighter Mark Blair.

Winebrenner set fire to his parents' home while they were sleeping inside. His father said it was because he was angry about not being able to drive the family's new truck. The Winebrenners escaped the flames unharmed, but a falling roof beam killed 34-year-old Blair while he was inside searching for other occupants.

Winebrenner pleaded no contest in 1987 to first-degree murder and received a life sentence. He was denied parole in 2006.