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Trego inmate dies after complaining of chest pains

1/9/2014

By MIKE CORN

mcorn@dailynews.net

WaKEENEY -- Less than 12 hours after appearing in court, Trego County jail inmate Barbara S. Farber was rushed to the hospital complaining of chest pains.

She died at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday at Trego County-Lemke Memorial Hospital in WaKeeney, according to Trego County Sheriff Richard Hanks. She was 50.

Farber appeared Wednesday afternoon in Trego County District Court for what was to be a scheduled sentencing hearing on a pair of criminal charges against her.

That hearing was continued until February because the pre-sentence investigation hadn't been completed.

In mid-December, she reached an agreement with the Kansas Attorney General's office reducing the number of charges against her from six to two. She planned to ask the court to sentence her to 120 days in jail, followed by probation.

Had the arrangement been approved, she would have been eligible for release from jail in early February.

Both she and James D. Smith, 58, were listed as among the witnesses against former WaKeeney school board president John A. Reeder, who is facing a series of drug-related charges. He was released on his own recognizance Wednesday pending trial on the charges, and will be supervised by community corrections.

Smith was sentenced on the charges Tuesday, with District Judge Glenn Braun accepting the terms of the plea agreement. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail, followed by three year's probation.

Hanks declined to say if an autopsy will be conducted.

"Anything else, you will have to get from the attorney general's office," he said.

A spokesman for the state attorney general's office wasn't immediately able to say if an autopsy would take place.