Roger Hollister, convicted of killing Patricia Kimmi, dies in Kansas prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A man convicted in 2011 in the death of a 58-year-old woman has died at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, a prison official said.

Roger Hollister, 61, died Wednesday at the prison, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported ( ). Hollister was serving a life sentence without parole for the first-degree murder of Patricia Kimmi of rural Horton. She disappeared in November 2009, and her remains weren't found until May 2010.

Hollister was convicted in Atchison County jury in March 2011.

Jeremy Barclay, spokesman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, confirmed that Hollister died Wednesday but said the prison couldn't immediately release details about the death.

"We are still in the process of notifying family," Barclay said.

In a statement released Wednesday, Patricia Kimmi's family said: "In light of the news of Roger Hollister's death today, our family's hope is that he made peace with his creator before he left this earth."

Atchison County Attorney Jerry Kuckelman said last week that the investigation into Kimmi's murder remains active.

Hollister's wife, Rebecca, was charged last week in Nemaha County with aiding a felon. The complaint alleges that between the day Kimmi went missing and the day Roger Hollister was convicted, Rebecca Hollister aided her husband with the intent to avoid arrest, trial, conviction or punishment for the conviction of a felony.

After a bond reduction hearing Wednesday afternoon in Nemaha County, Rebecca Hollister, 58, of Topeka, was released on a recognizance bond.

Rebecca Hollister's lawyer, Kelly Kauffman, said Rebecca Hollister is "shocked" by her husband's death.

"Understandably, she is devastated" Kauffman said.

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