Inmate convicted in Salina murder dies in prison

Lonnie McKibben (KSN File Photo)
Lonnie McKibben (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A state prison inmate who was in prison for killing a 15-year-old Salina girl in 1984 has died.

Kansas Department of Corrections spokesman Jeremy Barclay says 72-year-old Lonnie McKibben died of natural causes on Saturday at the Lansing Correctional Facility. He was serving 30 years to life in prison for shooting Sheleen McLain in the back and leaving her to die in bitter cold in November 1984.

McKibben was scheduled for his fifth parole hearing in October.

A former classmate of McLain’s, Kerry Bettes of Abilene, said she was in the process of collecting signatures on petitions to advocate keeping McKibben in prison. She had collected signatures four previous times that McKibben came up for parole.

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