TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) A 91-year-old Kansas prison inmate convicted in a botched murder for hire has been granted parole.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the Kansas Prisoner Review Board recently granted Joseph Johnson’s second request for parole.
A spokesman for the state Corrections Department said Thursday it takes effect Jan. 1, provided he moves to what the agency called a structured living environment that can address his medical needs.
A Topeka man hired Johnson in 1992 to arrange the killing of the man’s estranged wife. Johnson paid a 16-year-old boy $300 to carry out the attack and drove him to the address they’d been given.
The teen shot and killed a man who opened the apartment door but the victim was a new tenant. The intended victim had moved out sometime earlier.