Northwest Missouri women's prison reports inmate death -

Northwest Missouri women's prison reports inmate death

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. (AP) -- An autopsy is planned on a Kansas City woman who died less than two months after starting a prison sentence for drunken driving.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports ( ) that 46-year-old Krechenna Kendrick was an inmate at the Chillicothe Correctional Center in northwest Missouri.

The prison's warden, Steve Larkins, said Kendrick died just before 6 a.m. Friday at Hedrick Medical Center in Chillicothe.

Online court records show Kendrick was arrested last March in the Kansas City suburb of Riverside and pleaded guilty Nov. 10 to being a persistent offender to felony driving while intoxicated. Platte County Circuit Judge Abe Shafer sentenced her to three years in prison.

The News-Press reports Kendrick entered the correctional system Nov. 23 -- 37 days before her death.

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