A man convicted in Cowley County for first-degree murder in the death of his wife in 1984 has been approved for parole by the Kansas Dept. of Corrections.
William P. Kessinger, 49, will be eligible for release on or after Sept. 1 and must follow an approved parole plan. He has been in a work release program at Hutchinson Correctional Facility since 2011.
County attorney Christopher Smith said his office was notified of the decision Wednesday.
Several members of the Winfield community had been working for some time to petition the state not to parole Kessinger.
In May 1984, he and another man, Clifford E. Cox, strangled Kessingerís wife.
Cox was paroled to Sedgwick County in the fall of 2006.