Man convicted in kidnapping of Nancy Shoemaker eligible for parole in December

The man who helped abduct 9-year-old Nancy Shoemaker in 1990 is again eligible for parole in December.

The Kansas Department of Corrections says there will be a parole hearing for Donald Wacker prior to Dec. 1. A date for the hearing hasn't been set, but preceding it will be three public comment sessions: one in Kansas City on Oct. 7, one in Derby on Oct. 16 and one in Topeka on Oct. 18.

In December 2017, the Prisoner Review Parole Board denied Wacker's fourth bid at parole due to the serious nature/circumstances of the crime and that Wacker denied responsibility and objections.

Wacker is currently serving a life sentence for helping Doil Lane kidnap Shoemaker in Wichita. Lane sexually assaulted and killed the girl. He's serving a life sentence without parole for 66 years.

The last time Wacker was up for parole in December 2017, Shoemaker's family and friends of the family argued in part that if Wacker was released, he would have no social skills and they wondered where he would live. The family said the reason they keep fighting isn't just for Nancy.

"If he gets paroled, this could happen to another child, this could happen to another family," said Nancy's stepmom, Julie Shoemaker.

It's unclear if the family will speak at the next parole hearing in November.