Sister of inmate who died in prison enters plea

GOODLAND, Kansas (AP) – A Missouri woman whose sister died in a western Kansas county jail has pleaded guilty to a felony drug count.

Joy Biggs, of Kansas City, pleaded Tuesday to not having a tax stamp on less than an ounce of marijuana found in the women’s vehicle when a trooper stopped them near Goodland. Six other charges were dropped.

Biggs is expected to be placed on probation when she is sentenced in October.

Biggs’ sister, Brenda Sewell, died in the Sherman County jail in January, three days after the women were arrested.

Biggs alleged jail guards refused to help her sister as she became ill.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation declined to investigate Sewell’s death after an autopsy found she died of natural causes.

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