Sergeant Mary Katherine Ricard

Sergeant Mary Katherine Ricard

Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado

End of Watch Monday, September 24, 2012

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Mary Katherine Ricard

Sergeant Mary Ricard was killed when she was stabbed in the neck as an inmate attacked her and another corrections sergeant at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Crowley, Colorado.

The inmate, a convicted child rapist, attacked the two female sergeants in the kitchen area of the medium-security prison while breakfast was being prepared. The inmate was able to inflict serious wounds on both sergeants before being subdued. Sergeant Ricard succumbed to her injuries while the other sergeant was critically injured.

In August 2019, the inmate, who was serving a 35 years-to-life sentence, was re-sentenced to life and 48 years.

Sergeant Ricard had served with the Colorado Department of Corrections for nine years. She is survived by her husband and four children.

In June 2019, Colorado 207 was named Sgt. Mary Ricard Memorial Highway in her honor.


  • Age 55
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon
  • Offender Sentenced to life and 48 years

convicted felon, correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Although many years have passed I will forever remember you. It may still hurt but the pain just reminds me of our good days together. You will be always loved, always remembered and forever missed.

Laura M Mapes
Retired CDOC

September 25, 2023

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