Parole Considered For Schoolteacher's Killer

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP)-- A man convicted of beating a 36-year-old teacher to death in 1990 in Topeka is among several prison inmates under consideration for parole.

Peter E. Spencer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the September 1990 death of Sherryl Crowder, who was from Manhattan and had been a sixth-grade teacher in Wamego. An autopsy report said Crowder died of internal bleeding from a massive blow to the head, suffered when she was ``savagely and extensively beaten.''

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Prisoner Review Board will accept public comments about Spencer's possible parole and those of several other eligible inmates on July 25 in Topeka, July 16 in Wichita and July 21 in Kansas City, Kansas.

Comments also may be emailed to the parole board at

Posted by Greg Palmer