Local authorities concerned about release of man in 1990 slaying

A local judge and prosecutor wanted a convicted killer to get a mental evaluation before the state released him on parole to live in Johnson County.

The judge’s request for a hearing triggered some moves for Michael Kloess, 51, who in 1991 pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a charge of murder. He was serving a 45-year prison sentence.

Kloess had served 22 years of his sentence after killing Thomas Gentry of New Whiteland in 1990 and pleading guilty to a murder charge in Johnson Circuit Court. He was scheduled to be released on parole in March to live in his home in Whiteland. Inmates can be released before their sentence is complete if they earn credit for good behavior or education or other programs while in prison.

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