Deputy Warden Theodore Rothe

Deputy Warden Theodore Rothe

Montana Department of Corrections - State Prison, Montana

End of Watch Thursday, April 16, 1959

Theodore Rothe

Deputy Warden Theodore Rothe was shot and killed during a 35-hour convict rebellion at the Montana Sate Prison in which 16 guards were taken hostage.

The ring leader of the convicts killed Deputy Warden Rothe and then committed suicide as the Montana National Guard and Montana Highway Patrol stormed the prison and regained control.

Deputy Warden Rothe was survived by his wife, two children, two brothers, and two sisters.


  • Age 40
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .30-.30
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Your duty and honor to the citizens of Montana will always be remembered.

Leroy Kirkegard, Warden
Montana State Prison

May 8, 2014

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