Corrections Employee Patricia Ross

Corrections Employee Patricia Ross

Kentucky Department of Corrections, Kentucky

End of Watch Thursday, March 1, 1984

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Patricia Ross

Officer Ross was beaten to death by an inmate in a dining facility at the Kentucky State Penitentiary.

The inmate lured Officer Ross into a food storage area and then beat her to death with a 10 pound commercial can opener when she refused his sexual advances. He also beat another inmate, leaving him critically injured when he walked in on the incident.

The inmate, serving a 10 year sentence for first degree assault, was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death on February 1, 1985. He received an additional 20 years for assaulting the inmate. In 1988 his conviction and sentence was overturned. In 1994 he pleaded guilty to first degree murder and was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in 25 years. He died in prison July 3, 2009.

Officer Ross was survived by her 15 year-old son.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Blunt object
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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