- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

Peter E. Spencer pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Sherryl Crowder, who was from Manhattan and had been a sixth-grade teacher for eight years at a Wamego elementary school. 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 reported (https://bit.ly/1mj1mC6 ).

Spencer is serving a life sentence at Lansing Correctional Facility.

Authorities said Crowder was seen leaving a night club late on Sept. 7, 1990. Her body was found in the trunk of her car in a field on Sept. 9, 1990. She had been sexually assaulted and beaten. Analysis identified Spencer’s fingerprints on the car.

The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will accept public comments about Spencer’s possible parole and those of several other eligible inmates on the morning of July 25 at the Topeka Municipal Court chambers.

The board also will hear public comments on the 17 parole-eligible inmates from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 16 at Wichita’s Finney State Office Building and from 10 a.m. to noon July 21 in City Hall at Kansas City, Kansas. Comments also may be emailed to the parole board at [email protected]

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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