Woman Sentenced in Croft Murder Case

By Jolyn Johnston-Myers
April 17, 2016

A McPherson woman was sentenced Friday to almost 27 years in prison for crimes in connection with the November 2014 murder of James Avery Croft, according to the Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Kamra Kay Farrell in February pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter; one count of kidnapping; and one count of aggravated robbery and was sentenced in the McPherson County District Court by Chief Judge Joe Dickinson to 323 months to be served in the Kansas Department of Corrections. Additional unrelated charges against Farrell were prosecuted by the McPherson County Attorney and contributed to the sentence.

A co-defendant, Clinton Bascue, was sentenced last July 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.

The case has been investigated by both 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.