Man Who Confessed to Old Murder Up For Parole

By: AP
By: AP

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ A man whose surprising confession to a 1979 murder gained national attention is up for parole.

In 1998, Daniel Crocker left his wife and two kids in Virginia and flew to Shawnee, where he confessed to killing 19-year-old Tracy Fresquez in 1979. The case had gone cold and Crocker was not a suspect.

He said he confessed because his Christian faith required him to. He was sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison.

The Kansas Parole Board held two hearings recently to determine if Crocker should be released from prison.

Supporters say he's a model prisoner who committed only one, horrible crime. Fresquez's family testified that Crocker should stay in jail.

The parole board is expected to make its decision in a few weeks.

Information from: The Kansas City Star,

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