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Man in state custody in Larned dies Sunday

A resident in the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility died on Sunday.

According to the Kansas Department of Corrections, 29-year-old Michael Fancher was pronounced dead by The University of Kansas Health System, Pawnee Valley Campus staff just after 2 p.m. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

The death is under investigation by the KDOC and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. Those agencies always investigate when any inmate dies.

Fancher was serving sentences from Lyon County for a 2018 Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine, (1-3.5 grams) a Severity Level 3-D nonperson felony. Fancher was also convicted of Sale/Distribution/Cultivation of Opiates, Opium, Narcotic Drugs or Designated Stimulants in 2011 and Possession of Opiates, Opium, Narcotic Drugs or Designated Stimulants in 2017.

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