Woman fighting to keep her mother’s killer behind bars

WICHITA, Kansas – Thirty years after Julie Rosenhamer was murdered at a Wichita restaurant on North Broadway, Kelley Malone, the victim’s daughter, is fighting to keep a killer behind bars.

Regina Baldwin was sentenced for the crime.

But now 30 years later, Baldwin has done her time and is up for parole.

Malone was 3-years-old when the crime happened, and she is pushing to keep the two convicted behind bars.

“Don’t think that there is ever enough time when you take someone’s life,” said Malone.

And losing her mother meant Kelley and her siblings were split up to different grandmothers and cousins so they missed out on growing up as a family.

Now, Kelley is all grown up. She has kids of her own, and all these years later, she still wonders.

“My life will never be what it could have been if I had my mom growing up. For certain crimes, there should be a limit, but when you take someone’s life, I don’t think you should ever get out of prison.”

Kelley’s not alone. The Wichita group called Parents of Murdered Children often get involved in cases like these trying to keep those convicted of murder from getting out.

“You can put these guys or gals away for 10 years and that’s not a life sentence. They need to stiffen the sentences and build more prisons,” said Connie Radke, Parents of Murdered Children.

Radke’s advice is get out petitions and see if the parole board will listen.

Kelley says she’s going to do just that.

Kelley Malone is also planning an informal protest outside the parole hearing in Wichita on Wednesday.

 

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