Inmate found dead at Montana State Prison


DEER LODGE, Mont. - According to a press release sent out by the Montana State Prison inmate Ronald James Ward Jr. died on Wednesday, April 9th at approximately 6:05pm. Ward was found in his cell in a high security housing unit.

He was transported to a local hospital and was declared dead a approximately 7pm. His death was unexpected. An autopsy will be performed by the state medical examiner.

Ward received the following sentences:

  • Ravalli County - Deliberate Homicide, Use of a Dangerous Weapon – 100 years, 10 years consecutive.
  • Powell County- Assault on a Peace Officer – 4 years consecutive.
  • Powell County- Riot, Possession of a Deadly Weapon by a Prisoner– 5 years, 10 years concurrent, consecutive.
  • Inmate Ward was eligible for parole 12-23-2036 and had a discharge date of Life plus 24 years.

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