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Infamous Kansas Sniper Denied Parole

KSAL Staff - July 19, 2017 8:50 am

The man who killed three people during a shooting rampage in downtown Wichita nearly 41 years ago is being denied parole.

Michael Soles, 19-years-old at the time, became known as the Holiday Inn Sniper in 1976 after he carried two rifles and an ammunition-filled lunch pail to the top floor of a 26-story building that was capped by the Holiday Inn. Killed in the shooting were 23-year-old Mark Falen, 56-year-old Joe Goulart and 57-year-old Elmer Hensley. Seven others were wounded. His shooting spree was stopped when he was shot by Wichita police who lacked the long guns needed to reach the 26th floor.

The Kansas Department of Corrections issued a release yesterday saying Soles hadn’t served a sufficient amount of time for the crime. He was sentenced to three life terms after his conviction.

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