WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) –
Twelve years after a pregnant Wichita teenager was murdered, one of the men responsible for her death has applied for clemency.
Chelsea Brooks was nine months pregnant when she was killed. Her mother, Terri Brooks, explains how the latest news is opening up old wounds.
"It stirs it all up again," Brooks said.
Brooks has been notified by the Kansas Department of Corrections that Everett Gentry has filed for clemency. The convicted killer is asking to be released from prison or have his 25-year-to-life prison sentence for murder changed. It must be approved by the governor.
"He took two lives and I think the least that he could do is give his life," Brooks said.
KAKE News spoke with Gentry in early 2017, during a story about the prisoners work program. During the interview, Gentry said he’s reformed. He has a theology degree and works to provide for his daughter.
Gentry was 17-years-old at the time of the murders and he took responsibility for his actions, testifying against the man who strangled the pregnant teen and another man who had her killed. Both men received life sentences without parole.
"That’s something that I absolutely regret and I wish that there was a way that I could resolve that, but unfortunately all I can do at this point is move forward," Gentry said.
Brooks says it shouldn’t be that easy.
"Just because he’s done all of these things, it doesn’t make me feel like ‘oh, his sentence should be over’," Brooks said. "At any point he could’ve stopped it and he chose not to and this is the consequence of his choice."
Gentry’s application will head to the governors desk soon. The public can comment by emailing KDOC_PRB_Public_Comment@ks.gov. Subject: 0092917 Everett Gentry application for clemency