Convicted murderer released from prison

Sueanne Hobson gets parole 31 years after crime

A woman convicted of ordering the murder of her stepson 31 years ago in Miami County has been released from prison on parole.

Sueanne Hobson, 68, was released from the Topeka Correctional Facility on Feb. 25, according to the Kansas Department of Correctionís website.

Hobson was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. In the spring of 1980, she hired her son, James Crumm Jr., and a friend of Crumm, Paul Sorrentino, to kill her stepson, Christen Hobson.

Crumm, then 17, and Sorrentino, then 16, took 13-year-old Christen from his Overland Park home on a car ride into northern Miami County, near where Hillsdale Lake was being built. They forced him to dig his own grave, then shot him to death and buried him.

Crumm was convicted of first-degree murder, and Sorrentino pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting murder. Crumm was released on parole in 1999, and Sorrentino was released on parole in 2004.

Hobson was convicted in Johnson County District Court two years after Christenís death. Her conviction was upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court. She previously has been denied parole eight times since becoming eligible in 1989.
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