(WICHITA, Kan.) — The family of a slain Kansas State Trooper urged a prison review board to keep his killer behind bars and delay the next parole hearing for as long as the law will allow.
The wife and children of Ferdinand "Bud" Pribbenow spoke during a public hearing in Wichita Tuesday, more than 30 years after the officer was gunned down in the line of duty.
July 11, 1981, Pribbenow stopped a car for traveling 98 mph on the Kansas Turnpike, north of the El Dorado interchange. As Pribbenow approached, the driver jumped out of the car and opened fire, hitting Pribbenow in the chest and neck.
The shooter, later identified as George Rainey, left the scene. His car was spotted at the Kellogg tollgate in Wichita. After a brief chase, Rainey plowed his car into the back of a van and got into a shoot-out with officers. Rainey was shot several times and taken into custody.