Person of interest identified in attack that killed corrections officer in prison kitchen

Inmate serving time for kidnapping, sex assault

CROWLEY, Colo. - A convicted felon is the person of interest in the killing of one corrections officer and injuring of another in a prison kitchen.

Miguel Contreras-Perez, 33, is serving a 35-year to life sentence for the crime of kidnapping and sexual assault with a deadly weapon.

The Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed to 7NEWS that Contreras-Perez is the only person of interest in the attacked that killed Sgt. Mary K. Ricard and severely injured Sgt. Lori Gann in the kitchen of the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Crowley.

Gann was taken to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo in critical condition.

7NEWS has also confirmed that Contreras-Perez was formerly a Fort Carson soldier and was AWOL in 2002, at the time of the sexual assault.


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