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Parole Bid Denied Child Molester
Brian Ford

OKLAHOMA CITY - Convicted Jenks child molester Doy PENINGER
looked state Pardon and Parole Board member Carl Hamm in
the eye Friday and told him he never made an indecent proposal
to a child.
Hamm believed PENINGER, but the four other board members
did not.
PENINGER, a retired Jenks preacher sent to prison last year
for molesting an 11-year-old foster child, was turned down
for parole consideration.
Before his imprisonment, PENINGER had often appeared before
the board to plea for clemency for his son, also in prison
for sex-related crimes, Hamm said.
"Your case really tears me up," Hamm said. "I feel I
know you."
"I want you to look me right in the eye and tell me you
never molested a child," Hamm told PENINGER.
"With God as my witness, Mr. Hamm, I never," he answered.
PENINGER said he has cared for 25 foster children during
several years without a complaint. "I am proud of it,"
he said.
PENINGER, 60, was sentenced last March to three years each
on charges of lewd molestation and making an indecent proposal
to a child. The child testified PENINGER asked him to perform
a sex act after he was placed in PENINGER's home by the
Department of Human Services.
The boy said he complied out of fear.
PENINGER's daughter and son-in-law appeared Friday on his
behalf. His daughter said she wouldn't mind him baby-sitting
her children. "If I didn't believe him, I wouldn't trust
him with my children," she said.
"I believe the man," Hamm said. "His track record is
too good."
But, the other board members turned down a parole recommendation
without comment.
The board also rejected clemency for several convicted killers,
Billy R. Miller, serving life in prison for the 1975 gun
slaying of a Midwest City convenience store clerk during
a robbery. Miller was first given the death penalty for
the killing of the woman, but the sentence was later modified
to life in prison.
Miller said he regretted the crime and wants to live in
Haskell with his wife. As an inmate at the minimum security
Jess Dunn Correctional Center at Taft, he performs volunteer
work at a Veterans Association hospital in Muskogee.
Leroy J. Thomas, serving life for the 1974 murder of Leon
B. Jones of Lawton. Thomas' sentence had also been modified
from death to life in prison.
Michael Chandler, serving 10 years for the 1986 death
of a 2-month-old child in Jackson County.
Paul H. Nunley, convicted in the 1979 hired murder of
a 75-year-old Oklahoma City man. Authorities said Deloris
A. Maudlin agreed to pay Nunley $2,000 to murder her husband
George Maudlin.
"Because he mistreated her, the victim's wife had been
trying to kill the victim for two years by putting cyanide
in his food, arranging to have him shot and trying to hit
him over the head with a baseball bat," according to the
Oklahoma County district attorney's version of the offense.
In other business, the board elected Farrell Hatch of Durant
as chairman and Augusta Mann of Tulsa as vice chair. The
board also decided to add Thursday evening to their regular
monthly meetings due to an increased work load.

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