Slain prison worker was big advocate for inmates
A kitchen worker killed at a state prison is being praised as a small woman who had a big impact on prisoners.
Sgt. Mary K. Ricard died Monday in an assault involving an inmate while breakfast was being prepared at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Crowley. Sgt. Lori Gann was seriously injured in the incident.
Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez, who was serving 35 years to life for kidnapping and sexual assault, has been named a person of interest in Ricard's death.
The Denver Post reports Ricard was determined to work with inmates. She taught them cooking skills they could use when they got out of prison.
Private funerals are scheduled in Arvada and Buena Vista. A public memorial will be held Monday in Ordway near the prison.
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