Update: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The family of KHP Trooper Ferdinand "Bud" Pribbenow pleaded with the Kansas Prison Review Board Tuesday not to release their loved one's killer.
On July 11, 1981, George Rainey shot and killed Pribbenow after the trooper pulled him over on the Kansas Turnpike for speeding 98 miles-per-hour. Without even an exchange of a single word, Rainey shot Pribbenow in the chest and neck.
"Somebody he had no connection to," said Pribbenow's daughter Toyia Bulla. "Somebody who just happened to be representing authority."
All three of Pribbenow's daughters spoke. His widow also struggled for composure.
"A stranger reached into my life and my children's lives and made a major decision," Dorothy Pribbenow said. "That decision was for me to go through the rest of my life without the husband I loved."
Capt. Joe Bott represented the highway patrol in asking the review board to pass over George Rainey for the maximum amount of time possible.
"I can't imagine he wouldn't still be a danger," Bott said. "It was such a brutal act that he did that day, I can't imagine that time would have changed him."
The prison review board will speak with Rainey himself in the next few weeks. Their decision is expected by the end of July.
Monday, May 21, 2012
The day was July 11, 1981. Trooper Ferdinand "Bud" Pribbenow with the Kansas Highway Patrol was on duty, patrolling the Kansas turnpike.
Shortly after 8 p.m. that night, he stopped a car traveling 98 mph in a 55 mph zone just north of El Dorado. As Trooper Pribbenow stepped out of his car, the driver, 23-year-old George Rainey, jumped out of his.
Rainey pointed a gun at Pribbenow, shooting him in the chest and neck. Leaving Pribbenow to die, Rainey drove away and was eventually chased down in Wichita, where he exchanged gunfire with police.
Rainey was shot six times, in the head, chest and legs. Trooper Pribbenow did not survive the shooting; Rainey did.
Thirty-one years later, now 53 and an inmate in the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Rainey is up for parole for the fifth time in 15 years. The last time was in 2007 when Pribbenow's youngest of five daughters plead the family's case to the Kansas Prisoner Review Board.
"I remember every detail of that day as if it were yesterday," said Rochelle Mann in May 2007. "If you parole him, you will have a lot to answer, for when he kills again, and he will."
Sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder, the decision of whether or not George Rainey deserves to be free lies in the hands of a few people who never had a chance to meet Trooper "Bud" Pribbenow.
The Kansas Prisoner Review Board will hear public comments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m on May 22 in Room 3080 of the Finney State Office Building in Wichita.