2016 News Releases

McPherson woman sentenced to nearly 27 years in prison for manslaughter

Release Date: Apr 15, 2016

MCPHERSON – (April 15, 2016) – A McPherson woman was sentenced today to nearly 27 years in prison for manslaughter, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Kamra Kay Farrell, 27, was sentenced in McPherson County District Court by Chief Judge Joe Dickinson to 323 months to be served in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Farrell pleaded guilty in February to one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of kidnapping and one count of aggravated robbery. The convictions stemmed from crimes that occurred in November 2014 in connection with the death of James Avery Croft. Additional unrelated charges against Farrell were prosecuted by the McPherson County Attorney and contributed to the sentence.

A co-defendant, Clinton Bascue, was sentenced in July 2015 to life in prison in connection with these crimes. A third defendant, Samuel Darrah, has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder and is currently awaiting trial in McPherson County. Charges are merely accusations. Individuals are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the McPherson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant Attorney General Steven Karrer of Schmidt’s office and McPherson County Attorney Torrance Parkins prosecuted the case.

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