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Parolee back in prison after fight

By ABBY ECKEL, Herald Staff Writer | 3/14/2014

A 27-year-old Ottawa man is back in prison after violating his parole during an altercation March 6 in Ottawa.

Brandon Lee Ellsmore, 27, was on parole after being convicted for his role in the 2010 stabbing death of 24-year-old Ottawa resident Paul Duane Nicholson. He was released Aug. 30, 2013, from state prison.

A 27-year-old Ottawa man is back in prison after violating his parole during an altercation March 6 in Ottawa.

Brandon Lee Ellsmore, 27, was on parole after being convicted for his role in the 2010 stabbing death of 24-year-old Ottawa resident Paul Duane Nicholson. He was released Aug. 30, 2013, from state prison.

Among the conditions of Ellsmore’s parole was that he not return to Franklin County, Jeremy Barclay, special assistant to the secretary/communications director at the Kansas Department of Corrections, said Thursday.

But Ellsmore suffered non-life threatening injuries in a fight about 8:50 p.m. March 6 in the 500 block of Hickory Street in Ottawa, according to an Ottawa Police Department news release. Ellsmore was treated at Coffey County Hospital and later transferred to Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, the release said. He ultimately was arrested for violating his parole by re-entering Franklin County, where the fight took place, and sent to Lansing Correctional Facility, where he remains.

Another man, Dennis Kelley, 28, Ottawa, also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the Ottawa fracas. Kelley was treated at Ransom Memorial Hospital, 1301 S. Main St., Ottawa, and later transferred to Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

The two injured men told responding Ottawa police officers they had been battered by unknown suspects, according to a police report.

Curtis Hildebrandt, Kelley’s father-in-law, said four to five people who lived across the street from Kelley jumped him at his home, but Hildrebrandt didn’t know if Ellsmore had been living across the street as well.

The police investigation into the altercation still is ongoing. Ellsmore will face sanctions for violating his parole, Barclay said.

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