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Inmate convicted of two murders, one in Wichita, is denied parole

A Lansing Correctional Facility inmate who was convicted of murdering a Wichita woman in 1982 after being paroled for a similar crime in Idaho has been denied parole by the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.

Danny Williams, 60, will be eligible for parole again in June 2016, Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay said.

Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the 1970 slaying of Melba Gray in Shoshone, Idaho. He was sentenced to life in prison but released seven years later. After moving to Kansas, Williams was convicted of the 1982 murder of Francis Ellifson, who was stabbed to death in her home at 2346 N. Jackson in Wichita.

About 40 relatives and friends of both victims attended a public comment session in Wichita in April to express their opposition to Williams’ release. He had been denied parole on three previous hearings.

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