WICHITA, Kan - Kansas governor Jeff Colyer says he has denied pardon requests for 21 convicted criminals, including a man convicted in the 2006 murder of a Wichita teenager.
The governor announced the denials at a news conference Tuesday in front of the Sedgwick County courthouse. 29-year-old Everett Gentry was one of three men convicted in the murder of 14-year-old Chelsea Brooks and her unborn daughter, Alexa.
Governor Colyer quoted a letter from Sedgwick County district attorney Marc Bennett in saying that the 11 years Gentry has served for the murder is not adequate to address the gravity of the crime. Gentry and Ted Burnett were convicted of killing Chelsea so the baby's father, Elgin Ray Robinson, would not face prosecution on rape charges. Chelsea's body was found in a shallow grave near Andover.
The case inspired Alexa's Law in Kansas, which allow additional charges for someone who harms an unborn child.
Members of Chelsea's family attended the announcement. Chelsea's mother, Terri Brooks, said she and her family will continue to fight parole for the three men convicted in the murder.
[ Photo one - Governor Colyer making the announcement of the parole denial. Photo two - Terri Brooks speaking at the event. ]