Wacker denied parole in 9-year-old's abduction, slaying

One of two men imprisoned for the 1990 abduction and murder of 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker will remain in prison for at least eight more years, the Kansas Parole Board said in a ruling released this week.

The board cited several factors for extending the prison stay of Donald Wacker, 46, including a "community (that) has been exceedingly opposed to inmate's release."

In its ruling, the board concluded that Wacker did not have an adequate parole plan and that he "continues to demonstrate high risk."

Wayne "Bo" Shoemaker, who traveled to Wichita from Pensacola, Fla., in October to testify at a parole hearing for Wacker, said he was relieved to hear of the decision, which will keep his daughter's abductor in prison at least until 2017.

"We are all very happy with it," he said.

Nancy was kidnapped on July 30, 1990, after walking a block and a half to a Phillips 66 station in south Wichita to buy some 7-Up that would soothe her 11-month-old brother's upset stomach.

Wacker was convicted of helping Doil Lane kidnap Nancy, then driving her to Sumner County, where Lane raped and strangled her.

Lane, 49, was convicted of murder, rape and aggravated kidnapping, and sentenced to life without parole for 66 years. He is serving a life sentence in Texas for a similar crime there.

Wacker, who was sentenced to 15 years to life for kidnapping, was denied parole twice before, in 1999 and 2004.

Kansas prison inmates who are parole-eligible are normally entitled to a parole hearing every three years. But the parole board can delay a hearing for up to 10 years if it concludes that "it is not reasonable to expect that parole would be granted" in the interim time period.

During Wacker's last public comment session in October, the parole board was presented with the signatures of more than 30,000 people who were opposed to Wacker's release.