TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- After a failed attempt in 2009, a convicted murderer has now been granted parole by the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Jan Lunsford said that 91-year-old Joseph Johnson's parole would be effective on or after January 1, 2013.
Johnson was one of three people convicted in the 1992 shooting death of Chang Nam Kim. Prosecutors called it a botched murder-for-hire scheme that resulted in the death of the 48-year-old Chang. Authorities said Chang was mistakenly shot. He moved into a home formerly occupied by someone prosecutors say was the intended victim.
Johnson was reportedly the "middle man" in the murder-for-hire scheme, which prosecutors say was set up by Robert Walton. Walton hired a hitman to kill his ex-wife, Betty Walton, and her boyfriend James Kuhn. Betty moved out of the apartment just days before the murder, and Chang moved in. Walton was sentenced to life in prison. Dominic Love was convicted as the triggerman in the murder.
When Johnson tried for parole in 2009, the board said it rejected it because of objections to Johnson's release, his denial of responsibility and the violent nature of the crime.
When Johnson was sentenced to life in 1993, Shawnee County Judge Matthew Dowd decided the 73-year-old Johnson would spend the rest of his life in prison anyway, deciding against giving him a Hard-40 sentence.