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Paroled Killer Back Behind Bars

KSAL StaffAugust 13, 2015

A Kansas man who killed a woman and her 4-year-old son has been returned to prison nearly 11 years after being released on parole for the 1980 slayings.

55-year-old Tony Hobbs was taken back into custody after violating conditions of his parole supervision last month. He’ll meet later with the Kansas Prisoner Review Board in an attempt to be released again.

Hobbs and Michael Simmons killed 28-year-old Karen Crook and her 4-year-old son Brandon Crook on Jan. 22, 1980, in their home.

They also tried to kill 7-year-old Travis Magner, Karen Crook’s son from a previous marriage, but he survived and walked to an area elementary school for help.

Hobbs was released on parole in September 2004. Simmons isn’t eligible for parole until 2020.

Associated Press information from: The Topeka Capital-Journal

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